Space shuttle challenger
Challenger STS-51L ascent: Plume of flame visible from right SRB joint. The flame cut a hole in the external fuel tank causing propellant to massively disperse. The thrust caused stack and orbiter break-up leading to destruction. Challenger never exploded as reported in 1986--and as still commonly remembered.
On January 28, 1986, the NASA shuttle orbiter mission STS-51-L and the tenth flight of Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, killing all seven crew members, which consisted of five NASA astronauts and two payload specialists. The spacecraft disintegrated over the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 11:39 EST . The disintegration of the vehicle began after a joint in its right solid rocket booster failed at liftoff. The failure was caused by ...