** ADVANCE FOR USE FRIDAY, JAN. 28, 2011 AND THEREAFTER ** FILE - In this Jan. 28, 1986 file photo, the space shuttle Challenger explodes shortly after lifting off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (AP Photo/Bruce Weaver, File)

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 Space Shuttle Challenger was the world's first partially reusable launch vehicle.
The external fuel tank collapsed due to a leak in the shuttle's right sol