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A secret NASA tape reveals that the crew of the shuttle
Challenger not only survived the explosion that ripped the vessel
apart; they screamed, cried, cursed and prayed for three hellish
minutes before they slammed into the Atlantic and perished on
January 28, 1986.
The tape is said to begin with a startled crewman screaming,"What
happened? What happened? Oh God - No!" Screams and curses are
heard- several crewmen begin to weep- and then others bid their
Two minutes forty-five seconds later the tape ends. That's when
the shuttle's crew compartment, which remained intact after the
vessel exploded over the Atlantic, hit the ocean at over 2,000
miles per hour, instantly killing the crew.
"Cover up? Of course there was a coverup," declared Robert
Hotz, a member of the Presidential commission that investigated
the disaster. "NASA can't face the fact that they put these
astronauts in a situation where they didn't have adequate
equipment to survive. NASA doesn't give a damn about anything but
covering it's ass, " he said.
Originally posted by MrMicrophone
Build it faster and cheaper and get it into space regardless. Sure space travel is inheritly dangerous, but shouldn't it have been a consideration to have the crew compartment ejectable, similar to the f-11?
Anatomy of a Space Shuttle
The designers replaced the piloted booster with two solid rocket boosters (SRBs) attached to either side of the expendable fuel tank and moved the orbiter to the top of the tank, in place of a piloted rocket plane. To reduce the very high cost, air breathing engines (for landing) and a crew ejection system were removed.
Originally posted by mikesingh
I'm not being gross, but to impress upon the need for adequate safety measures that must be put in place. The hurry to 'conquer' the Moon before the then Soviet Union, resulted in giving short shrift to flight safety. The Soviets had to be beaten, whatever the cost.