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Ronald Reagan
In the Wake of the Challenger Disaster, President Ronald Reagan Says There Are Problems With the Space Shuttle Program That Must Be Fixed for It to Proceed He finesses the situation, trying not to disappoint a friend who was part of the civilians in space program, a program that would be canceled because of Challenger
29/05/1986. “We do have some problems…Now, of course, we've had the recent finding by Jim that the existing shuttles have 44 things that need correcting before they fly again…Let me say that I'm for going ahead with a shuttle unless the things I've mentioned here make it impractical and unwise.‬ĚThe space shuttle Challenger became the second shuttle to reach space, when it was launched successfully in April 1983. It successfully completed nine milestone missions during its nearly three years of service. In total, the spacecraft spent 62 days, 7 hours, 56 minutes and 22 seconds in space. Challenger hosted the first spacewalk of the space shuttle program on April 7, 1983, and carried the first American female and first black astronauts.Before it was launched again, NASA created an initiative to give people from all walks of life a chance to experience spaceflight firsthand. The first such civilian was Christa McAuliffe, a teacher, who had been selected from 11,000 teacher applicants for the historic chance. It was a cold morning on Jan. 28, 1986, when Challenger was supposed to fly into space on its latest mission. Temperatures dipped below freezing and some of the shuttle's engineers were concerned about the integrity of the seals on the solid rocket boosters in such low temperatures. Nonetheless, Challenger launched at 11:38 a.m. Eastern time in front of more media attention than usual, since it was carrying McAuliffe, who was planning to give lessons while in orbit. But McAuliffe and the rest of the crew never made it. In full view of the television cameras, Challe … [Click Below for Full Description]
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