Detail View: NASA Great Images in Nasa Collection: STS-51-L Recovered Debris (ET and SRBs)

Title: 
STS-51-L Recovered Debris (ET and SRBs)
Full Description: 
On January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger and her seven-member crew were lost when a ruptured O-ring in the right Solid Rocket Booster caused an explosion soon after launch. After the accident, search and recovery teams worked for months to bring debris from the Shuttle to impoundment areas at the Kennedy Space Center and the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, where reconstruction teams separated the pieces of the Orbiter from those of the External Tank (ET) and the Solid Rocket Boosters (SRB). Taped squares on the floor turned the impoundment areas into a grid in which the reconstruction teams could piece together the Shuttle debris like a puzzle with many missing segments. Shown here are the remains of the ET and, at the far end, the frustums of the two SRBs. The frustum is the section of the conical end of the rocket that remains after the tip has been removed.
Date: 
04/09/1986
NASA Center: 
Kennedy Space Center
Subject Category: 
Challenger STS-51-L
Keywords: 
Challenger
Audience: 
General Public
facet_what: 
Challenger
facet_where: 
Kennedy Space Center (KSC)
facet_when: 
04-09-1986
facet_when_year: 
1986
Image #: 
108-KSC-386C-1094-4
original url: 
http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2004-00003.html
UID: 
SPD-GRIN-GPN-2004-00003
Center: 
KSC
Center Number: 
108-KSC-386C-1094-4
GRIN DataBase Number: 
GPN-2004-00003
Creator-Photographer: 
NASA
Original Source: 
Digital