On August 30, 1983, leading up to the launch of the Challenger on mission STS-8, a powerful electrical storm lit up the skies around the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This photo was captured as the rain and lightning danced around the Challenger and striking near the orbiter stack. Sam Walton of United Press International is credited with this image that was taken by a remote camera. Not long after, the storm died down and the Challenger preceded with its launch at 2:32 a.m. (it was the first shuttle night launch and night landing). Included in this six day mission to release an Indian communications and weather observation satellite was Guy Bluford, the first African-American in space.
Electrical Storm over the Challenger
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