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  • 1. Three Space TragediesApollo ISpace Shuttle ChallengerSpace Shuttle Columbia
  • 2. Date of Tragedies Apollo I - January 27, 1967 Space Shuttle Challenger – January 28, 1986 Space Shuttle Columbia – February 1, 2003
  • 3. Apollo I
  • 4. Apollo I Crew consisted of the first American Astronauts: ◦ Gus Grissom ◦ Ed White ◦ Roger Chaffee Killed by fire in module on the launch pad Died in only 30 seconds Capsule impounded after accident
  • 5. Space Shuttle Challenger
  • 6. Space Shuttle Challenger First teacher in space – Christa McAuliffe Delayed launch due to bad weather and equipment problems Exploded 73 seconds after launch O-ring seal in solid-fuel rocket as problem built in Utah (Hercules/ATK)
  • 7. Space Shuttle Columbia
  • 8. Space Shuttle Columbia Broke apart upon re-entry after a 16 day mission Insulating foam from the booster rockets tank during liftoff was the cause People in Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana heard unusual sounds from sky
  • 9. New Protocols Hatch for Apollo capsule reworked, flame- retardant items and cabin pressure lessened O-rings for solid-rocket boosters were redesigned Foam debris strictly scrutinized
  • 10. After 50 years of Space Travel All of the tragedies happened in the last week of January or first week in February President Regan’s tribute the best ◦ “Today is a day for mourning and remembering. We know we share this pain with all of the people of our country. This is truly a national loss. But Challenger Seven were aware of the dangers and overcame them and did their job brilliantly. We mourn seven heroes.”