(NEWSER) – Today (January 28)  is the 30th anniversary of the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger, and there's plenty of interesting coverage of the tragedy that killed all seven aboard, including teacher Christa McAuliffe. Some highlights:

  • The Washington Post looks back on how Ronald Reagan scrapped plans to deliver his State of the Union and summoned "that girl" (young speechwriter Peggy Noonan) to help him talk about the tragedy instead. She remembered a poem from seventh grade about slipping the "surly bonds of earth."
  • The Miami Herald reprints its initial coverage—the explosion happened 72 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral—along with a reporter's personal recollections.
  • McAuliffe may be the best-remembered of those killed, but the Cleveland Plain Dealer has a video highlighting lesser-known crew members.

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