The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said today that it had recovered remains of each of the seven Challenger astronauts and had finished its operations to retrieve the wreckage of the space shuttle's crew compartment from the ocean floor. › /04/20 › all-shuttle-crew-remains-recovered-nasa. The crew compartment and many other vehicle fragments were recovered from the ocean floor after a three-month search and. The space shuttle Challenger blew apart some 73 seconds after lifting Within a day of the shuttle tragedy, salvage operations recovered. The remains of Challenger astronauts are recovered from the Atlantic Ocean. Unidentifiable body parts were recovered added with the fact of the crew cabin being submerged in salt water for a good amount of time before. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of "Challenger" on Discogs. The crew compartment of the space shuttle Challenger, with the and who have participated in similar recovery operations, began to work,”. The divers began their grim task of recovering the slashed and twisted remains of Challenger's crew cabin and the remains of its seven occupants. SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) _ Space shuttle Challenger pilot Michael J. Smith were recovered from the wreckage of the Challenger and analyzed by National.