It’s almost impossible to believe but January 28, 2013 will be the 27th anniversary of the loss of the Space Shuttle Challenger.
The shuttle was 73 seconds into its tenth mission when the failure of an O-ring caused an explosion that took the lives of all seven crew members.
On a cold January morning in 1986 NASA launched the Space Shuttle Challenger, despite warnings against doing so by many individuals, including Allan McDonald. In his keynote address McDonald, an engineer and executive will relive the tragedy from where he stood at Launch Control Center.
As he sought to draw attention to the real reasons behind the disaster, he was singled out for retribution by his employer. He not only accurately diagnosed the problem with the troubled booster’s joints but also a failure in management that led to the demise of the Challenger in 1986.
As a result of his efforts, he ended up being instrumental in implementing the sweeping changes that markedly improved the safety of future missions.
The program begins at 7:00pm and tickets may be purchased for $15 per person at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum, online at www.myticketoffice.com, or at the door.
Among the astronauts that day was Christa McAuliffe, a school teacher picked out of more than 1,100 applicants to become the first educator in space. Union Public Schools in Tulsa named a new elementary after McAuliffe in 1988.
Other crew members who were killed were:
Francis R. Scobee – Mission Commander
Michael J. Smith – Pilot
Ellison S. Onizuka – Mission Specialist 1
Judith A. Resnik – Mission Specialist 2
Ronald E. McNair – Mission Specialist 3
Christa McAuliffe – Payload Specialist 1
Gregory B. Jarvis – Payload Specialist 2