Challenger Disaster Crew 1985 President Ronald Reagan honoured the crew as national heroes. In the back row from left to right: Ellison Onizuka, Sharon Christa McAuliffe (the teacher that 'was chosen' to ride on the shuttle), Greg Jarvis, Judy Resnik. In the front row from left to right: Pilot Mike Smith, Commander, Dick Scobee, and Ron McNair.

Space Shuttle Challenger Crew Lost January 28 SO Sad, I remember being in Kindergarten when this happened. My teacher had brought the T. into the classroom.this was the first time I ever remembered watching TV in school.

Challenger's STS-51L Crew - On Jan. 28, 1986, NASA faced its first shuttle disaster, the loss of the Challenger orbiter and its seven-astronaut crew. They are (L to R) Teacher in Space Participant, Sharon "Christa" McAuliffe, Payload Specialist, Gregory Jarvis, Mission Specialist, Judy Resnik, Commander Dick Scobee. Mission Specialist, Ronald McNair, Pilot, Michael Smith and Mission Specialist, Ellison Onizuka.

It happened on this day.January 28 ~ On this day in 1986 – The space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, killing all seven crew members.

Ellison Shoji Onizuka (鬼塚 承次 Onizuka Shōji?, June 24, 1946 – January 28, 1986) was an American astronaut from Kealakekua, Kona, Hawaii, who successfully flew into space with the Space Shuttle Discovery on STS-51-C, before losing his life to the destruction of the Space Shuttle Challenger, where he was serving as Mission Specialist for mission STS-51-L. He was the first Asian American to reach space.

Ellison S. Onizuka (Lieutenant Colonel, USAF) NASA Astronaut from Hawaii-buried at Punchbowl Cemetery.

Ellison Onizuka Photo 5 - STS 51-L. Image Credit: NASA

A picture of Ellison Onizuka in space on Space Shuttle Discovery Flight STS

Ellison Onizuka Photo 2 - STS 51-L. Image Credit; NASA

A picture of Ellison Onizuka in space on Space Shuttle Discovery Flight STS

Ellison Onizuka, first AAPI U.S. astronaut, 1985

Ellison Onizuka, first AAPI U.S. astronaut, 1985

Ellison Onizuka Photo 4 - STS 51-L. Image Credit: NASA

A picture of Ellison Onizuka in space on Space Shuttle Discovery Flight STS

Astronauts Ellison Onizuka and Loren Shriver Photo 3 - STS 51-L

Astronauts Ellison Onizuka and Loren Shriver Photo 3 - STS

Ellison Onizuka Day of Exploration, April 29, 2017 - http://fullofevents.com/hawaii/event/ellison-onizuka-day-exploration-april-29-2017/

Ellison Onizuka Day of Exploration, April 29, 2017

Ellison Onizuka Day of Exploration, April 2017 - Full of Events - Hawaii

Remembering the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger on the mission that ended in tragedy on January 28, 1986: Michael J. Smith, Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, Ronald E. McNair, Ellison S. Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, and Judith A. Resnik.

Remembering the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger on the mission that ended in tragedy on January 28, 1986: Michael J. Smith, Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, Ronald E. McNair, Ellison S. Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, and Judith A. Resnik.

"Every generation has the obligation to free men's minds for a look at new worlds... to look out from a higher plateau than the last generation." - Ellison S. Onizuka

Ellison Onizuka - NASA Astronaut and Colonel, USAF - died in 1986 when the Challenger exploded at launch. Learn more about him at: jsc.

Remembering the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger on the mission that ended in tragedy on January 28, 1986: Michael J. Smith, Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, Ronald E. McNair, Ellison S. Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, and Judith A. Resnik.

Remembering the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger on the mission that ended in tragedy on January 28, 1986: Michael J. Smith, Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, Ronald E. McNair, Ellison S. Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, and Judith A. Resnik.

FILE - This photo provided by NASA shows the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger mission 51L. All seven members of the crew were killed when the shuttle exploded during launch on Jan. 28, 1986. Front row from left are Michael J. Smith, Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, and Ronald E. McNair. Front row from left are Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, and Judith Resnik. (NASA via AP)

Challenger Crew: Francis R. Scobee, Michael J. Smith, Christa McAuliffe, Judith A. Resnik, Ellison S. Onizuka and Ronald E.

Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Monument - Little Tokyo - Los Angeles, CA

Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Monument - Little Tokyo - Los Angeles, CA

Ellison Onizuka received the medal July 23, 2004 for STS-51-L (died aboard Challenger) medal given by President George W Bush.

Ellison Onizuka received the medal July 2004 for (died aboard Challenger) medal given by President George W Bush.

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