On January 28, 1986, NASA launched the space shuttle Challenger. The shuttle had flown several times before. But this time, just over a minute into the flight, the shuttle exploded, killing its crew of seven. This book examines the scope of the disaster, its causes, and how people can keep a similar disaster from happening again. Easy-to-read text, vivid images, and helpful back matter give readers a clear look at this subject. Features include a table of contents, infographics, a glossary, additional resources, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Core Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.