Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Disaster in 1986


My sis, Emmy, wrote this short to honor the Challenger Shuttle Mission that exploded on this day in 1986.

The Challenger Shuttle Mission in 1986

January 28, 1986

I remember:

It was a wonderful morning and mom and Penny where bringing me to preschool and suddenly we here this explosion and people had stop their cars. Everybody was wondering what was going on until they see a big orange and yellow cloud. Then we turned the radio on and they said that the Challenger had exploded while trying to leave the earth’s atmosphere. That was the day when people of Florida's hearts where broken.
I still remember that day going to preschool. Every time one of NASA shuttles launches at the KENNDEY SPACE CENETER I always think about the people who lost their lives. The shuttle exploded 73 seconds after launch, and all crew members were lost.
the cause of the disaster as a the failure of an “O-ring” seal in the solid-fuel rocket on the Space Shuttle Challenger's right side. The faulty design of the seal coupled with the unusually cold weather, let hot gases to leak through the joint. Booster rocket flames were able to pass through the failed seal enlarging the small hole. These flames then burned through the Space Shuttle Challenger's external fuel tank and through one of the supports that attached the booster to the side of the tank. That booster broke loose and collided with the tank, piercing the tank's side. Liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen fuels from the tank and booster mixed and ignited, causing the Space Shuttle Challenger to tear apart.
The Challenger Shuttle Crew
Mission specialist Ellison S. Onizuka, Teacher in Space Participant Sharon Christa McAuliffe, Payload Specialist Greg Jarvis and Mission specialist Judy Resnik, Pilot Mike Smith, Commander Dick Scobee, and Mission specialist Ron McNair.

So every January 28 stop and take a moment of silence and remember those who lost their lives that day .I know I will as a former Floridian every day and every time a shuttle launches I will always remember. At least they safe now and watching over the space station and the whole NASA program.

ALSO-

FEBUARY 1, 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster
This is an ACTUAL satellite photo of the explosion.

The Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster happened on Saturday 1st, February, 2003 and was the second Space Shuttle Disaster and the first shuttle lost on landing. There was shock around the world over the tragedy.
The reason for the break up: it seems the left wing was hit by a piece of foam from the Space Shuttle External Tank (ET) during launch. At the time of the launch it was judged that event did not represent safety concern.
The seven STS-107 crew members who died in an explosion of the Shuttle Columbia on Feb. 1, 2003, are: Rick D. Husband, mission commander; Kalpana Chawla, mission specialist; and William C. McCool, pilot, David M. Brown, Laurel B. Clark, and Michael P. Anderson, all mission specialists; and Ilan Ramon, payload specialist representing the Israeli Space Agency.Five of the seven astronauts killed aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia were serving U.S. military officers.

SO ALSO REMEMBER THAT DAY WHILE IN HOUSTON WHERE YOU WHERE WHEN THIS HAPPENED. ALSO KEEP ALL THE CREW FAMILY MEMBERS IN YOUR HEART ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY WHILE YOU WATCH.

*Original writing by Emmy Lou Roberts*
Cause info via aerospaceguide.net and space.about.com

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great post! I saw it explode that day! I was in Pensacola. Horrible about all of the people who died.

Megan said...

SO sad!!

RachelC said...

Right! I can't BELIEVE the satellite shot!