Challenger Shuttle Section Discovered On Ocean Floor

First remnant of destroyed space shuttle Challenger found since 1996
This photo released by NASA, of the 28 January 1986 explosion which destroyed the Space shuttle Challenger and killed all seven crew members 75 seconds after its launch, appears to show a second explosion. (Photo by NASA / AFP) (Photo by -/NASA/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • NASA’s Kennedy Space Center announced that a large piece of the destroyed space shuttle Challenger was discovered at the bottom of the Atlantic.
  • The portion that was found is one of the largest pieces discovered in the more than three decades since the devastating tragedy that killed a schoolteacher and six others.
  • The piece was discovered by divers for a TV documentary searching for records of a World War II plane and later verified by NASA.

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