On Jan. 28, 1986, a U.S. space shuttle exploded shortly after launch. An article in the next day’s Lawrence Journal-World of Lawrence, Kansas, reported on the tragedy.
“Space shuttle Challenger exploded into a gigantic fireball about a minute after liftoff today, apparently killing all seven crew members, including schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe.
“There was no announcement on the fate of the crew, but it appeared there was no way they could survive. No American astronaut ever had been killed in flight.”
An article in the Jan. 29, 1967, Big Spring Daily Herald of Big Spring, Texas, covered the launch pad disaster that killed three Apollo I astronauts. Fire in the spacecraft
A Feb. 2, 2003, article in The Salina Journal of Salina, Kansas, recounted the loss of space shuttle Columbia on reentry the day before. Shuttle lost