January 30th, 2006, 14:54 PM
7 myths about the Challenger shuttle disaster
It didn't explode, the crew didn't die instantly and it wasn't inevitable
HOUSTON - Twenty years ago, millions of television viewers were horrified to witness the live broadcast of the space shuttle Challenger exploding 73 seconds into flight, ending the lives of the seven astronauts on board. And they were equally horrified to learn in the aftermath of the disaster that the faulty design had been chosen by NASA to satisfy powerful politicians who had demanded the mission be launched, even under unsafe conditions. Meanwhile, a major factor in the disaster was that NASA had been ordered to use a weaker sealant for environmental reasons. Finally, NASA consoled itself and the nation with the realization that all frontiers are dangerous and to a certain extent, such a disaster should be accepted as inevitable.
January 31st, 2006, 12:32 PM
I saw this live in my elementary school days. It was beamed in by Satellite, and the whole class sat in silence for around 3 minutes... and then kids started crying and so on. It was crazy.
Interesting myths that were debunked by that reporter. Thanks for the read Phish.