34 years ago today, the space shuttle Challenger broke apart and killed everyone on board
Updated 3:15 PM ET, Tue January 28, 2020
(CNN)Thirty-four years ago, NASA experienced an in-flight tragedy when the space shuttle Challenger broke apart shortly after launch, killing all seven crew members aboard.
Taking off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, the cold weather conditions that morning combined with a design flaw led to a rocket booster failure and caused a structural collapse.
The external fuel tank collapsed due to a leak in the shuttle's right sol