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All crew members feared dead CAt>E CANAVERAL (AP) - Space shuttle Challenger exploded as it carried schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe and six crew members into space today. There was no indication of the fate of the crew but it appeared there was no way they could survive. It wtis the first such failure In 5(i such U.S. rnan-ln-spacc missions. A voice at Mission Control said, "We are checking with recovery forces to see what can be done at this point. ...Contingency procedures arc In effect." The voice said, "Vehicle lias exploded. .,. We are awaiting word from any recovery forces downrange." There were seven crew members aboard, including McAuliffe, a '.VI- ycar-old New Hampshire teacher selected as America's first in space. Mission Control said debris from the shuttle landed several miles out in the Atlantic and that recovery forces were speeding in that direction. The other crew members were commander Francis H. Scobce, <1G, pilot Michael .1. Smith, 10; .Judith Resnik, 3<>; Ronald E. McNair, 35; Ellison S. Oni/.uka, H9; and Gregory B.JarvIs, 41. Mission Control said parts of the spacecraft fell at 28.04 north latitude and 80.28 degrees west longitude, just a few miles off Cape Canaveral. Ships and helicopters raced to the area and the control center said paramedics had leaped Into the water. More photos, Page 12 There was no Indication how much of the shuttle was Intact. The explosion was a devastating setback for the National Acronatutlcs and Space Administration after successfully carrying out 24 space shuttle missions in slightly less than five years. Challenger was a $1,2 billion spacecraft, one of four in the fleet. !t probably will be months now before another shuttle can be launched, while engineers try to determine what went wrong. NASA said the explosion occurred one minute and 12 seconds into the see SHUTTLE, Page 12

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  1. New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung,
  2. 28 Jan 1986, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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