Challenger Crash of 1986

 

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 The Challenger of 1986 was a part of the United States space shuttle system. The space shuttle was set to depart on January 28, 1986. "It was kind of like a joyful day for everyone, I mean everyone was waving farewell and celebrating", said Mrs. Mullis of Brunswick High School. There were seven crewmembers of the 1986 space shuttle challenger. Gregory B. Jarvis was the satellite design expert, Sharon McAuliffe as a science teacher, Ronal McNair was a physicists, Ellison Onizuka was the test pilot and aerospace engineer, Judith Resnik was the electrical engineer, Francis Scobee was the experienced jet pilot and Michael Smith was the experienced aircraft pilot. None of these seven crew members was to come next as they kissed their family and friends goodbye.
"I never really thought it could happen because most of my life NASA has done everything without failing. You sort of thought they were super humans", said Mrs. Mullis. When I asked Mrs. Mullis what really happened in her opinion she responded, "It was horrible because the teachers students and children was watching her get on, then the next thing I knew all of the astronauts were waving goodbye. Then all of a sudden, the shuttle went on launch and BLEW UP! it was horrible, really horrible", said Mrs. Mullis. The cause of the explosion was that the o-ring seals in the solid-fuel rocket on the shuttles right side. They said the seals faulty design and the cold weather affected the seals functioning which allowed some hot gases to leak through joint and then the flames burnt through the external fuel tank of the space shuttle and through the booster which broke loose.

 When the booster broke loose it had hit the tank, which caused a pierce with the tank. Liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen fuels combined with the booster and then it started a fire. After seventy-three seconds of the take off the shuttle blew up into thin air causing debris to flutter down to earth's ground. I had early asked Mrs. Mullis "Now that this current event has happened did it change her current perspective against NASA?" She responded by saying that "It kind of stayed pretty much the same, I mean I know now that NASA is going to mess up every now and then just like any other normal human being. Mrs. Mullis also said that "With this accident I think it kind of changed the way Americans think as the 'undefeated' and that we are all humans in one-way or another".
After scientist found out the problem of the disaster they set up another date where the shuttle will resume take off on September 28, 1988. I asked Mrs. Mullis "What was your reaction now looking back to when this disaster happened?" She responded back saying "We were innocent on how these things were, it was a mistake we kind of expected NASA to do anything they put their mind to!" I also ask Mrs. Mullis a question of my own, "Would you ever consider going into space now that you seen that something this horrible can happen?" She answered back saying "I suppose that disaster wouldn't change my mind because something bad can always happened to you anywhere you go."

 

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Other Websites on Challenger Crash of 1986

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Shuttle Info

National Air Space Museum

 

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