The Challenger Disaster

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“We have witnessed Chernobyl, Bhopal, Challenger, Seveso, Amoco, Cadiz, Three Mile Island and have still not wakened from our fantasy that large organizations can carry out complex technologies on a huge scale with total perfection.” Donella Meadows, an American environmental scientist, teacher, and writer, tells of the dangers pertaining towards large-scale disasters performed by the government. This quote describes the dangers that large organizations take to achieve gratitude and honor. The Challenger Explosion represents a large-scale disaster caused by the people. None of the crew members, scientists, safety officials, or spectators expected the craft to burst into flames 73 seconds into the expedition. At the young age of 18, Shannon…show more content…
Cousino’s story. The Challenger, an aircraft made by NASA for space exploration, remains one of the most well known aircrafts launched by the company. The aircraft remains infamous due to the horrific live broadcast of the explosion. Before the horrendous accident, the Challenger went through rigorous trials over a span of three years before lifting off for the mission. The first recorded flights of the Challenger occurred between April 4th and April 9th of 1983. Originally made as a test vehicle for NASA, the Challenger later became a ship for missions. The shuttle spent approximately 62 days, 7 hours, 56 minutes, and 22 seconds in space. The first scheduled flight of the Challenger came on January 20th, 1986, but technical malfunctions caused the launch date to push back. On the chilly morning of January 28, 1986, the Challenger shuttle launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida (Howell, Challenger: Shuttle Disaster That Changed NASA). The shuttle carried seven crew members into space: Francis R. Scobee, the commandeer, Michael J. Smith, the pilot, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, and Judith Resnik, all mission specialists, and Gregory Jarvis and Christa…show more content…
The Challenger Explosion caused a renewed interest in space programs. Ms. Cousino thinks the attempt to send Christa McAuliffe into space would spark more interest into space programs. Students have learned about mechanics in space shuttles, due to the faulty O-rings on the Challenger. This event did not change her view on the country, but it strengthened her sense of unity and togetherness of the people in the country. This event did not cause fear for her future or her safety. Since Ms. Cousino did not have an interest in going into space, it did not affect the way she saw her future. Her friends also did not have an interest in space, so they did not fear for their safety or future either. This event occurred at a time when terrorism did not occur very often, so Ms. Cousino did not fear for her safety. If this event had occurred today, the government and the people “would most likely call sabotage and start pointing fingers at certain people (Cousino, Personal Interview).”This would ensue fear throughout the country, even if faulty designs or mechanical errors shone through. Although the technology of today’s age has advanced since 1986, Ms. Cousino believes that a similar event could unfold today. Space vehicles today have advanced, but an underlying possibility that a similar event could occur stays prominent. NASA has done
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