25 years ago....

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  1. Geedee

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    Yesterday was the 25th anniversary (28th Jan 1986) of the space shuttle Challenger disaster. She failed 73 seconds into the launch sequence.

    RIP :salute:

    I find it hard to believe it was that long ago !.
     
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    :salute:

    I remember watching it live on TV. Shocked the world.
     
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    I was home from school sick, laying on the couch watching it.:salute:
     
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    I was doing what I'm doing tody - working animal control. I remember driving the truck through frozen streets an hearing it on the radio. shocked.
     
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    Yes, it was terrible.... :salute:
     
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    I remember being at school, everyone being pulled out of class and taken down to the library to watch it on TV.
     
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    #7 al49, Jan 29, 2011
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    Even more shocking, at least for me, was the reason for the failure.

    Taken from Universe today:
    The disaster was precipitated by the failure of an o-ring assembly in the right solid rocket booster.

    The company I working for is a famous manufacturer of O-rings. As far as I remember they were found not guilty at all because the product was good but incorrectly selected/installed and we understood it immediately when some details were made public.

    Unbelievable that seven lives were lost due to a stupid mistake.
    Alberto

    Still from Universe today

    The investigation of the Rogers Commission led to several conclusions. The most important being that NASA’s organizational culture and decision-making processes had been key contributors to the accident. Managers had known that the SRB design contained a potentially catastrophic flaw in the o-rings since 1977. They failed to address it properly for a decade. The same managers had disregarded warnings from engineers about the dangers of launching because of the cold temperatures that morning. After ignoring the engineers, they had failed to adequately report these technical concerns to their superiors.
     
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    For some reason, I cant' help but think of Montgomery and Market-Garden when I read this...
     
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    Watched it live on TV with my kids, thought it was important that they witnessed history in the making live. Little did I know
     

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    I was not even a year old when it happened, but I remember my mom telling me later how shocking it was to watch on TV and to see the faces of the family who was there to watch and the poor teacher who lost her life on that day. When Columbia disintegrated I remember saying to my mom that NASA once again did not look out for the safety of the crew.
     
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