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'Major Malfunction': The Final Launch of Challenger, 28 Years Ago Today

Challenger’s final crew, as they should be remembered: positive and brilliant individuals, happily striving to explore space and further humanity’s reach into the Universe. In the back row (left to right) are Ellison S. Onizuka, Sharon Christa McAuliffe, Greg Jarvis, and Judy Resnik. In the front row (left to right) are Mike Smith, Dick Scobee, and [...]

Missed Warnings: The Fatal Flaws Which Doomed Challenger (Part 2)

The infamous image, flashed around the world on 28 January 1986, immediately after Challenger’s tragic destruction. Photo Credit: NASA

In late April 1985, three months after the Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs) of Mission 51C had first drawn the attention of Morton Thiokol structural engineer Roger Boisjoly, another shuttle crew took flight. Mission 51B carried [...]

Missed Warnings: The Fatal Flaws Which Doomed Challenger (Part 1)

Of all the fragments of Challenger which were recovered, this shard of the craft, bearing part of her name, was particularly poignant. Photo Credit: NASA

On 7 March 1986, six weeks after the loss of Challenger, divers from the U.S.S. Preserver found the remains of the ill-fated shuttle’s crew cabin. It “was disintegrated, with [...]

“A Catastrophe of the Highest Order”: The Tragic Legacy of Roger Boisjoly

A poignant image of a fragment from Challenger's shattered body, bearing the fallen craft's name. Photo Credit: NASA

By peculiar coincidence, Roger Mark Boisjoly, who died last month, aged 73, lived as long in years as Challenger did in seconds. Both achieved remarkable feats in their all-too-short lives. Both pushed boundaries and broke barriers [...]

Challenger Whistleblower Dies of Cancer

Roger Boisjoly, an aerospace engineer who warned that extreme cold temperatures could comprimise O-rings within the space shuttle's solid rocket boosters before the Challenger disaster has died of cancer. he was 73. Image Credit: NASA

If you mention the word “Challenger” and the first name out of the average person’s mouth will more-than-likely be [...]