Historical photos have their magical power to create different narratives for everyone who sees them. Yet not all of these experiences are pleasant. They can recite feelings we don’t want to feel, memories we don’t want to relive, but we can’t stop looking at them. These carefully assembled photos are showing a different side of the world. They are emotional, real and above all, world defining.
Please don’t forget, some of these photos might be hard to look at and others might amaze you. Make sure to look at all of them carefully, to experience endless moments in history. Let’s start reading, and remember to be cautious.
The last moments of the Challenger space shuttle crew, before boarding their final flight on January 28, 1986
Space travel these days seems to be very well planned and safe. We know that everything is tested, highly trained people and sophisticated systems are prepared for every eventuality. Smooth take off, carefully executed spacewalk, highly choreographed maneuvers. Nobody would assume, that the most dangerous part is the take-off itself! This was, sadly enough, proven to be true on January 28, 1986, when the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after taking off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. All seven astronauts on board died instantly. Losing even one life is devastating, but in this case, Christ McAuliffe’s loss was even more tragic. She was a school teacher, chosen by NASA’s “Teacher in Space” program the only civilian on board.