Today in History – The Challenger Explosion

“We have a report from the flight dynamics officer that the vehicle has exploded…flight director confirms that….” With those words, the public learned of the Challenger’s tragic, brutal ending;  many of us remember that day with clarity and sadness. The official NASA page on the accident is here; you can read the Rogers Commission Report (known as the Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident) along with appendix F containing “Personal Observations on Reliability of Shuttle,” a scathing report on NASA by Richard Feynman, he who proved the unreliability of the o-ring in a live demonstration during these hearings. CNN has a special report on this tragedy, as does C-SPAN, BBC, Space.com, and AOLnews.

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