Challenger exploded when an O-ring associated with the right solid rocket booster failed due to cold temperatures during launch. The failure caused the shuttle to break apart 73 seconds after liftoff. More »

As of 2014, the U.S. space program has lost two shuttle missions, with a loss of 14 astronauts' lives. The two lost shuttles were the Columbia, in 2003, and the Challenger in 1986. According to, the Columbia wa... More »

Sally Ride became the first American woman in space when she flew on the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1983. She took part in a second flight on the Challenger the following year. More » Art & Literature

In 2015, the launch schedule for the Kennedy Space Center & Cape Canaveral include a Falcon 9 rocket on April 10 destined for the international space station and another Falcon 9 rocket on April 24 to position a satellit... More » Science Astronomy Space Travel

Ways to watch a rocket launch at Wallops Island include visiting either the Wallops Visitor Center or one of the public viewing sites on Virginia's Eastern Shore on a launch date. Another option is to watch a launch live... More » Science Astronomy Space Travel

Some of the most memorable NASA launches were the Apollo 11 mission, the first American in space, the Challenger and Columbia launches and Apollo 13, as noted by the Space website. Some others are the first Shuttle launc... More »

Only two space shuttles, the Challenger and the Columbia, have crashed. There have, however, been other deaths related to the space shuttle program. More »