#1 Challenger: 25 years later, a still painful wound
01-28-2011, 06:28 AM
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For many, no single word evokes as much pain.
A quarter-century later, images of the exploding space shuttle still signify all that can go wrong with technology and the sharpest minds. The accident on Jan. 28, 1986 — a scant 73 seconds into flight, nine miles above the Atlantic for all to see — remains NASA's most visible failure.
It was the world's first high-tech catastrophe to unfold on live TV. Adding to the anguish was the young audience: School children everywhere tuned in that morning to watch the launch of the first schoolteacher and ordinary citizen bound for space, Christa McAuliffe.
She never made it.
McAuliffe and six others on board perished as the cameras rolled, victims of stiff O-ring seals and feeble bureaucratic decisions.
It was, as one grief and trauma expert recalls, "the beginning of the age when the whole world knew what happened as it happened."
"That was kind of our pilot study for all the rest to come, I think. It was so ghastly," said Sally Karioth, a professor in Florida State University's school of nursing.
The crew compartment shot out of the fireball, intact, and continued upward another three miles before plummeting. The free fall lasted more than two minutes. There was no parachute to slow the descent, no escape system whatsoever; NASA had skipped all that in shuttle development. Space travel was considered so ordinary, in fact, that the Challenger seven wore little more than blue coveralls and skimpy motorcycle-type helmets for takeoff.
In a horrific flash, the most diverse space crew ever — including one black, one Japanese-American and two women, one of them a Jew — was gone. The name of NASA's second oldest shuttle was forever locked in a where-were-you moment.
01-28-2011, 09:26 AMGun Control: The theory that a woman found dead in an alley, raped and strangled with her panty hose, is somehow morally superior to a woman explaining to police how her attacker got that fatal bullet wound - Unknown
The problem is Empty People, Not Loaded Guns - Linda Schrock Taylor
01-28-2011, 10:45 AM
And now the words of a real President, not the empty words of an empty suit like the one we have now...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JKIZ7j20EASolve a man's problem with violence and help him for a day. Teach a man how to solve his problems with violence, help him for a lifetime - Belkar Bitterleaf
Liberalism is what the stupid think is smart.
01-28-2011, 10:51 AM
I watched it at a shop where we made many of the components for the shuttle, It was an awful feeling for awhile not knowing what caused the crash. later it became clear it had nothing to do with the parts we made.The difference between pigs and people is that when they tell you you're cured it isn't a good thing.
01-28-2011, 02:13 PM
I watched it at the agency I was doing my field work through in Kalamazoo. I remember people there speculating that it was terrorism.
My grandpa is an engineer, mostly in the automotive field, but he did invent the Camlock ratchet wrench. He always followed the space program, would get hold of any type of scientific plans for it that were available to the public, because he had once contributed his wrench to NASA in the 50s (if they were even NASA yet at that point). Werner von Braun was so impressed he came to Detroit to meet my grandpa and tour his shop. Grandpa has a photo album of the event, plus there was a photo of them shaking hands in the Detroit papers.
Anyways, when the Challenger blew up, my Grandpa immediately came to the conclusion that the O rings were the problem, before the investigation was even started. I told him then that even though he was retired, NASA should hire him as a troubleshooter or consultant.
I keep trying to get Grandpa to post here, but he is more into getting info online than meeting people.
01-28-2011, 02:54 PM
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I remember it vividly. I saw the leaking seal on the replays, pointed them out to my inlaws, and wondered why it took so long for NASA to realize it was the source of the problem. Being in a similar industry I realize now why it took so long.Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
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Do not ever say that the desire to "do good" by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives. (Are you listening Barry)?:mad:
01-28-2011, 05:53 PM
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- Southwest Michigan (in Exile)
I was a month shy of 3 when that happened. My mom told me I made us watch the first launch after the Challenger accident.
I do remember Columbia accident, another bureaucratic nightmare that caused that one too
01-28-2011, 06:41 PM
I was actually out getting tires for my dad's car when it happened but I do remember watching Reagan's speech and it making me cry. Me, a 20 year old full of piss and vinegar getting choked up by the president's speech.The Obama Administration: Deny. Deflect. Blame.
01-28-2011, 07:34 PM
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I think I actually was a first grader when I watched first graders watch their teacher die in the air. Awful. :(
01-28-2011, 07:52 PM
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- Florida. The Cuban Part.
I was in Kindergarten.
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Context doesn't matter to this liberal it seems/ as long as it satisfies his godless dreams/ like monkeys throwing sh!t as castles in air/ as long as he throws/that is the extent of his care.
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