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The American Shuttle Challenger Essay

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On January 28, 1986, the American shuttle Challenger was totally destroyed 73 seconds after liftoff, a devastating end to the shuttle tenth mission. This tragedy took the lives of all seven astronauts aboard. One of those astronauts was a teacher, Christa McAuliffe, who had been chosen to go to the mission and still teach but teach to students all around the United States from distance. It was later determined that both rubber O-rings, that was supposed to separate the segments of the rocket booster, had neglected due to cold temperatures in the morning of the release. This tragedy and the wake received widespread media coverage and encouraged NASA to temporarily suspend all shuttle missions. NASA introduced into the world, in 1976, the first reusable manned spacecraft. This became known as the space shuttle. Five years later, in 1981, distance flights started with Columbia. Columbia ascended into space to get a 54 hour exposing assignment. Later, it descended back to earth, as if it was a regular airplane that only occurred passengers from Boston to Detroit. Columbia only had two crewmembers, Commander John Young and Pilot Bob Crippen. Columbia completed 27 assignments before disintegrating from the uterus of its 28th mission in 2003. Challenger was NASA’s second space shuttle. Its original mission was April 4, 1983. Challenger made nine travels in space, prior to that awful January day. Back in 1986, the Challenger team fulfilled at NASA's Kennedy Space Center to get countdown training. The team of the shuttle comprised two civilians and five astronaut associates: “Teacher-in-Space” payload expert Christa McAuliffe; payload specialist Gregory Jarvis; and astronauts Judith A. Resnik, mission specialist; Dick Scobee, mission commander; Ronald E. McNair, mi...

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