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OV-099 Challenger
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Cape Canaveral, FL

Space Shuttle Challenger

• Serial Number:OV-099
• Nickname:Challenger
• First Launch Date:4-04-1983
• Status:Lost 28 Jan 1986
I did not get a chance to see Challenger in person prior to the disaster that lead to the vehicle breakup and destruction in January of 1986. When the accident investigation was complete, NASA put the remains of Challenger into an abandoned missile silo at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. That missile silo is under the white cap near the center of this photo. That is the final resting spot for Challenger. From time to time, additional debris from the Challenger accident washes up on shore or is picked up at sea. When that happens, NASA takes possession of the materials, and puts it into this missile silo with the rest of the remains of Challenger.

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