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Coverage from the day space shuttle Challenger exploded: They waited in vain for word from a doomed spacecraftStory | Jan 29, 1986When the shuttle exploded in view of millions watching television, the two people maintaining the closest contact with the crew were calmly, unknowingly awaiting routine communications from the spacecraft. Astronaut James Wetherbee, 34, serving as ''...
Story | Jan 29, 1986It was a fine day for watching a liftoff -- cold, but crisp and clear as could be. A bunch of us gathered on the roof of the Sentinel to get a good look. We had gone up on the roof the day before, too, only to have the liftoff canceled thanks to bad...