Weather's Role in the Challenger Accident

January 28, 2015 5:30 PM

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The loss of Space Shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986 was one of the most significant "where were you" moments in recent history. Like many schoolchildren across the country, maybe you were watching Teacher in Space Christa McAullife. Or like millions of others, perhaps you learned of the accident shortly afterward and tuned in to watch the endless replays of the horrific fireball in the clear blue Florida sky.

The presence of Christa McAuliffe drew more public attention to this 25th space shuttle mission than had been paid to recent flights. NASA had successfully flown more than 20 successful shuttle flights, and the public had largely come to see the shuttle and spaceflight in general as routine. In fact...

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