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The Challenger Disaster: Tragedy in the Skies: History Comics

By: Pranas T. Naujokaitis

Turn back the clock with History Comics! This volume of First Second's new nonfiction series introduces readers to the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster of 1986.

Let this graphic novel be your time machine—experience history like never before! Fight for equality in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, train with the first civilian selected for a mission to space, help spark a rebellion at the Stonewall Riot, and so much more! With History Comics, the past comes alive in a way that's edifying, entertaining, and relevant to kids' lives.

In this volume, turn the clock back to January 28, 1986. Seven astronauts boarded the space shuttle Challenger on what was intended to be a routine mission. But then disaster struck. What caused the mid-air explosion? Would future crewed space missions be permanently grounded? In this imaginative tale set in a far-off future a group of curious kids investigates the hard questions surrounding the Challenger explosion.

Afterword. Additional Challenger facts. Full-color  illustrations, drawn with pencil and inked with black India ink, then colored digitally in Photoshop.

ISBN: 9781250174291

JLG Release: Dec 2020

Series: History Comics
Sensitive Areas: Social Issue: Harsh Realities of Life , Violence: Death
Topics: Challenger (spacecraft) , Space vehicle accidents , Astronauts , National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) , Whistleblowing , Space shuttles , Accident investigations , Politics and government , Government oversight , Space travel , Manned space flight

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December 2020



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8 1/2" x 6"

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Hardcover edition


First Second

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Social Issue: Harsh Realities of Life , Violence: Death


Challenger (spacecraft), Space vehicle accidents, Astronauts, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Whistleblowing, Space shuttles, Accident investigations, Politics and government, Government oversight, Space travel, Manned space flight,

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