Challenger space shuttle

Investigations by Morton-Thiokol engineers determined that the amount of damage to the O-rings was directly related to the time it took for extrusion to occur, and that cold weather, by causing the O-rings to harden, lengthened the time of extrusion.

Millions more watched the wrenching tragedy unfold on live television. The agency then took several months to remove the engines and test them. After the destruction of Challenger, the number of O-rings per field joint was increased to three.

This was an important consideration, since the SRB O-rings had been designated as a "Criticality 1" component, meaning that there was no backup if both the primary and secondary O-rings failed, and their failure could destroy the Orbiter and kill its crew.

Just 73 seconds Challenger space shuttle mission STS L, a booster failure caused an explosion that resulted in the loss of seven astronauts, as well as the vehicle. The secondary O-ring was not in its seated position due to the metal bending.

Christa McAuliffe was planning to give lessons while in orbit.

Challenger: Shuttle Disaster That Changed NASA

History[ edit ] Challenger was named after HMS Challengera British corvette that was the command ship for the Challenger Expeditiona pioneering global marine research expedition undertaken from through Obviously a major malfunction," the NASA launch commentator said as pieces of the shuttle fell from the sky into the Atlantic.

Satellite launches were shifted from the shuttle to reusable rockets.

Challenger Explosion

It was the second shuttle to reach space, in April Since STA was not as far along in the construction of its airframe, it would be easier to upgrade to a flight article. Crew members set the satellite free; astronauts Story Musgrave and Donald Peterson also did the first spacewalk of the shuttle program.

Flames then broke out of the booster and damaged the external fuel tank, causing the spacecraft Challenger space shuttle explode and disintegrate.

Challenger disaster It was a cold morning on Jan. Hot gases bathed the hull of the cold external tank full of liquid oxygen and hydrogen until the tank ruptured. This was unproven, and was in any case an argument that did not apply to a "Criticality 1" component.

Additionally, Challenger has an educational legacy: SMM continued functioning for several years, then burned up in the atmosphere in December But despite its Earth-bound beginnings, STA was destined for space.

Salvage crews spent several weeks recovering pieces of the shuttle and carefully, bringing up the remains of the seven astronauts. Although the Ice Team had worked through the night removing ice, engineers at Rockwell still expressed concern.

NASA managers were aware of these design problems but also failed to take action. The Apollo 17 lunar module also carried the name of Challenger.

Challenger broke up 73 seconds after launch in front of the television cameras. Work continued on the conversion until July Challenger moved in space until it was only feet from the satellite. The primary O-ring of the left nozzle had been eroded so extensively that it had failed to seal, and for the first time hot gases had eroded the secondary O-ring.

On its 10th launch, on Jan.The NASA family lost seven of its own on the morning of Jan. 28,when a booster engine failed, causing the Shuttle Challenger to break apart just 73 seconds after launch.

In this photo from Jan. 9,the Challenger crew takes a break during countdown training at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

Challenger disaster

The next numerical space shuttle mission (though not in chronological order), STS-7, also flown by the Challenger, launched the first American woman, Sally Ride, into space.

ON STS-8, which actually occurred before STS-7, Challenger was the first orbiter to launch and land at night. Working at NASA was always one of Cameron's goals. The Challenger Learning Center at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center gave him the experience to get there.

The space shuttle Challenger is lost just after liftoff on this day inkilling the seven astronauts aboard. The Challenger was the second shuttle built by the National Aeronautics and Space.

Apr 03,  · Space Shuttle STS Atlantis Space Station Assembly ISS-9A S1 Truss NASA - Duration: Space Shuttle Challenger Cockpit Voice Recorder Transcript - Duration: NASA's space shuttle Challenger accident was a devastating tragedy that killed seven astronauts and shocked the world on Jan. 28, Killed in the accident were Challenger commander Dick Scobee.

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