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CBS News Coverage Of The Challenger Disaster

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A solid fuel rocket booster disappears behind the contrail of the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger January 28, 1986 over Kennedy Space Center as debris from the orbiter begins to fall to earth. (credit: BOB PEARSON/AFP/Getty Images)

A solid fuel rocket booster disappears behind the contrail of the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger January 28, 1986 over Kennedy Space Center as debris from the orbiter begins to fall to earth. (credit: BOB PEARSON/AFP/Getty Images)

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It was 25 years ago today that the NASA space shuttle Challenger exploded just 73 seconds after its launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla. The lives of seven were lost, including school teacher Christa McAuliffe.

Here is a clip from the live coverage from CBS News that very day. Of note is a segment roughly two-thirds into this clip which shows McAuliffe’s parents react to the explosion with slowly dawning horror.

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