This is like so, so weeeeeeird., pt 3....the Challenger Space Shuttle  

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9/16/2005 8:34 am

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This is like so, so weeeeeeird., pt 3....the Challenger Space Shuttle

Remember the space shuttle Challenger from about 20 years ago? The one that blew up with school teacher, Sharon Christa McAuliffe, from New Hampshire on board? Well, there had been different things on and off the news about there being this problem or that problem. I really never paid a lot of attention to it because I just really wasn't all that interested in the whole space program thing. I was watching the news the night before it was launched and I made an off the cuff comment to my boyfriend that I hoped they got it right this time...meaning no more problems. Then, as we all know, it blew up! Right before our eyes!! Later that day my boyfriend said it was ALL my fault because of what I said. I know now, and I knew then that wasn't true. But still, it did make me stop and think.

The following is a small excerpt from the article "Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster - A NASA Tragedy"

From the beginning Shuttle Mission 51L was plagued by problems. Liftoff was initially scheduled from at 3:43 p.m. EST on January 22, 1986. It slipped to Jan. 23, then Jan. 24, due to delays in mission 61-C and finally reset for Jan. 25 because of bad weather at transoceanic abort landing (TA site in Dakar, Senegal. The launch was again postponed for one day when launch processing was unable to meet new morning liftoff time. Predicted bad weather at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) caused the launch to be rescheduled for 9:37 a.m. EST, Jan. 27, but it was delayed another 24 hours when ground servicing equipment hatch closing fixture could not be removed from orbiter hatch.

The fixture was sawed off and an attaching bolt drilled out before closeout completed. During this delay, the cross winds exceeded limits at KS C's Shuttle Landing Facility. There as a final delay of two hours when a hardware interface module in the launch processing system, which monitors fire detection system, failed during liquid hydrogen tanking procedures. The Challenger finally lifted off at 11:38 a.m. EST.

Seventy three seconds into the mission, the Challenger exploded, killing the entire crew.

If you were too young to remember this, I encourage you to read about it further............

"Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster - A NASA Tragedy"
by Nick Greene


Also see my posts This is like so, so weeeeeeird., and This is like so, so weeeeeeird., pt 2...the Teenage Boyfriend.


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