The event was transmitted live on TV and the tragedy occurred as the world watched. At the time, it was a rare event, and children in their classrooms watched it happen with their teachers.
The explosion killed the entire crew, including a civilian, a beloved female teacher. Heroes, all of them.
Image credit: NASA
In my novels, of course, I can control what happens, and I don't kill my heroes. One of the NASA space shuttles is featured in my series ANCIENT ENEMY, available everywhere in all eBook formats.
Blasters, Swords, Romance with a Kick
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