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Remembering Astronaut Ellison Onizuka

Hawaii-born NASA astronaut Ellison Shoji Onizuka died when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after taking off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The accident took place on January 28, 1986 at 11:40 a.m.

Ellison Onizuka
Photo Credit: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Pictures of Ellison Onizuka in Space
Five pictures of Hawaii Astronaut Ellison during the Space Shuttle Discovery flight STS 51-C. This was Onizuka's first flight into space.

Bio of Ellison Onizuka
Information about the life of Ellison Onizuka including where he was born and educated, his air force career, his early years at NASA, and his two space flights.

1st Space Flight:
Discovery Space Flight STS 51-C
Ellison Onizuka's first space flight was Space Shuttle Discovery flight STS 51-C, January 24-27, 1985. On that flight he orbited the earth 48 times before landing safely in Florida.

2nd Space Flight:
Challenger Space Flight STS 51-L
Ellison Onizuka's second space flight was Space Shuttle Challenger flight STS 51-L. Onizuka and his entire crew were killed when their spacecraft exploded shortly after it was launched on January 28, 1986.

Memorials to Ellison Onizuka
Information about organizations, facilities, streets, awards, and other entities named in honor of Hawaii-born Astronaut Ellison Onizuka. Also includes Ellison Onizuka memorials in Hawaii, California, Texas, and Colorado.

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