Challenger: the Final Space Flight

CHALLENGER: THE FINAL FLIGHT is a four-part docuseries that examines the 1986 Challenger space shuttle, which tragically broke apart 73 seconds after launch as millions of Americans–many of them schoolchildren–watched live on television. The series offers an in-depth look at one of the most diverse crews NASA assembled, including high school teacher Christa McAuliffe, who was selected to be the first private citizen in space. Conversations with the crew’s surviving family members help create a poignant and relatable portrait of the astronauts. It also delves into the “fatally flawed decision process” and mechanical failures that led to the disaster, interviewing former NASA officials and engineers who worked on the failed booster engine and had repeated concerns about its safety. CHALLENGER: THE FINAL FLIGHT incorporates never-before-seen interviews, training footage and rare archival material to give viewers the most unfiltered, emotional behind-the-scenes look at these events to date.

Q-tips say: YES, see it! Enjoyed this movie – watched all series at once.

Mrs. Q says: I was intrigued & decided to look for more facts on the space shuttle.

1. Did the crew of Challenger die instantly? The crew would have been torn from their seats and killed instantly by the extreme impact force. … The impact of the crew compartment with the ocean surface was so violent that evidence of damage occurring in the seconds which followed the disintegration was masked.

2. Where the crew alive when they hit water? NASA’s most experienced shuttle crewman said Friday it was possible, though uncertain, the Challenger astronauts were breathing and unconscious when their cabin hit the Atlantic Ocean on Jan.Aug 1, 1986.

3. Did they recover the bodies from Challenger? The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said that it had recovered remains of each of the seven Challenger astronauts and had finished its operations to retrieve the wreckage of the space shuttle’s crew compartment from the ocean floor.

4. What were the last words of the Challenger crew? All seven crew members were killed, including teacher Christina McAuliffe whose students were watching on television. In a transcript from the crew’s voice recorder, pilot Michael J. Smith’s last words are “uh-oh” before all data is lost

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