Thirty years ago, June Scobee Rogers watched her husband die as the Space Shuttle Challenger broke up over the Atlantic Ocean. The disaster claimed the lives of seven astronauts, including commander Dick Scobee and Christa McAuliffe, who was selected to be the first-ever teacher in space. The tragic event, which saw the shuttle disintegrate just 73 seconds after lift-off, left the American nation in shock on Jan. 28, 1986. In memory of this tragic day, Metro speaks to Dick Scobee’s widow and experts about the disaster’s legacy.
June Scobee Rodgers