Now more than 26 years ago, on January 28th, 1986, Space Shuttle Challenger lifted off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Just 73 seconds later, Challenger broke apart, killing all seven members on board. At 11:39 am, the space shuttle disintegrated over the Atlantic Ocean.
You’ve no doubt seen the explosion that killed all seven on board. But now there’s a new vantage point, never before seen publicly. The Huffington Post on Tuesday licensed and published a home video shot by Steven Virostek, who attended the ill-fated lift-off with his wife Hope.
According to the Department of Philosophy and Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, which studied the disaster, “The failure of the solid rocket booster O-rings to seat properly allowed hot combustion gases to leak from the side of the booster and burn through the external fuel tank. The failure of the O-ring was attributed to several factors, including faulty design of the solid rocket boosters, insufficient low- temperature testing of the O-ring material and the joints that the O-ring sealed, and lack of proper communication between different levels of NASA management.”
STS-51-L crew: (front row) Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair; (back row) Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnik.
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