Research Paper On Space Shuttle Challenger Explosion

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The Space Shuttle Challenger was a terrible shuttle explosion on January 28, 1986. 7 lives were lost. Ronald Reagan said about the crew “The crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they got ready for their journey and waved good-bye and 'slipped the surly bonds of earth' to 'touch the face of God. ”. I wanted to learn more about the disaster. I learned about three main things.The reason Space Shuttle Challenger was built, the impact the explosion had on NASA, and finally, what caused the shuttle to explode. They built a shuttle for an experiment, yet they put a teacher on it.The Challenger was built as a test of structure for shuttles. Nasa’s goal, then, was to have a lightweight spacecraft that can orbit. The test shuttle …show more content…

The hypothesis was made from the evidence that the flame from the flight and the smoke following liftoff came from the right side. The joint that failed was called the Aft Field joint. It connects to the aft segment with a nozzle. The joint failed on the Right Solid Rocket Booster. Another possible cause is the “putty”. The Zinc Chromate (applied before the ship is built) stops the O-rings from getting gases in them. The putty’s bad performance could have very well also been the cause of the explosion. That Putty’s movement is by gas pressure. If the pressure goes into the O-rings it is not good. If it is blown into the O-rings it could get into the grooves and stop the O-rings from safely sealing the joint.
So after the research I have done, I have realized how awful of a disaster the Space Shuttle Challenger was. The crew risked their lives to make space travel safer and I respect that. The Challenger Crew was very brave and we will never forget

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