Challenger Space Shuttle disintegrated in 1986. Just 73 seconds into its flight, the spacecraft broke into pieces over the Atlantic Ocean. The accident temporarily stopped the American space program, and it revamped space travel safety requirements. Killed were Christa McAuliffe (the first teacher in space), Francis Scobee, Gregory Jarvis, Ronald McNair, Michael Smith, Judith Resnick, and Ellison Onizuka. Children could learn more about the astronauts at: http://history.nasa.gov/Biographies/challenger.html . They could also read The Challenger Disaster by Tim McNeese.
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (born Fort Wayne, Tennessee, 1967) writes books for children. She earned a 2016 Newbery Honor Award for The War that Saved My Life. Children can learn more at: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.
Betty Cavanna (born Camden, New Jersey, 1901; died Vezelay, France, August 13, 2001) wrote books for young adults. Her works include Paintbox Summer and Spice Island Mystery. Children can learn more at: Betty Cavanna.
Kathryn Lasky (born Indianapolis, Indiana, 1944) has written at least 100 books for children and young adults. She wrote the Royal Diaries series and the Dear America series. A Night Journey received the 1981 Sydney Taylor Book Award for older readers. Sugaring Time was a 1984 Newbery Honor Book. Children could visit her website at: Kathryn Lasky.
Jean Marzollo (born Manchester, Connecticut, 1942; died Cold Spring, New York, April 10, 2018) wrote at least 100 books for children. Her books include the I Spy series. Children could visit her website at: Jean Marzollo.
Ellison Onizuka (born Kealakekua, Kona, Hawaii, 1946; died in the Challenger disintegration, January 28, 1986) was an aerospace engineer aboard the Challenger.