Challenger Broke Apart On 28 January 1986
On a freezing Tuesday morning in Central Florida, the Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into its flight. An investigation issued by NASA found that the tragedy was caused by the failure of a seal designed to prevent leaks with fuel tank, due to the steady frigid temperature. The accident halted further shuttle flights for 32 months. The reasons still remain unknown.
Netflix’s four-part series Challenger: The Final Flight will premiere Sept. 16, transporting viewers back to when Francis R. Scobee, Judith Resnik, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Gregory Jarvis, Michael J. Smith, and Christa McAuliffe began a journey that they dreamed would lead to the cosmos, but sadly ended in devastation. Engineers, officials and the crew members’ families provide their perspective on the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster and its aftermath.
The Series follows the archival footage will provide a look at the lives of the seven crew members, documentation of NASA staffers who approved the shuttle for space flight knowing it had potential issues, and the accident itself from various vantage points. Family and friends of those on board share personal stories in newly recorded testimonials, and how they’ve ensured their loved ones are never forgotten.
“The images of the Challenger accident have stayed with the collective consciousness of our nation and the world, but it’s hugely important we remember it for more than just the pain it caused so many,” Glen Zipper, an executive producer on the series and co-author of Devastation Class, said.
“Our series wants audiences to better know the seven heroes who lost their lives and left behind a legacy to educate and inspire, and more clearly understand the failures that contributed to the tragedy so they won’t be repeated as we push further into space and the next frontier of exploration through the efforts of Space X, Blue Origin, NASA, and others.”