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28-Jan-2004
Space Shuttle Challenger Crew Memorialized on Mars
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Challenger Memorial Station, Meridiani Planum, Mars
Challenger Memorial Station, Meridiani Planum, Mars

A composite image reveals the local region surrounding the Challenger Memorial Station. The image is actually an amalgamation of a Mars Global Surveyor's Mars Orbiter Camera image and the third and final picture taken by Opportunity's DIMES camera ( Descent Image Motion Estimation System) during descent. The location of the site is a 20-meter (65.6 foot) wide, 2-meter (6.6 foot) deep crater somewhere in this composite image. The final crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger was lost when the shuttle suffered an in-flight breakup during launch on Jan. 28, 1986.

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The Challenger crew
The Challenger crew.

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