Truth Lies And O Rings Inside The Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster

Author: Allan J McDonald
Publisher: University Press of Florida
ISBN: 0813041937
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What they didn't want you to know

"We all watched in shock and disbelief when Challenger was lost. Probably no one felt more disappointment and regret than Allan McDonald, who had warned us not to launch that day. His story tells of loss, grief, and the eventual rebuilding and recovery."--Robert "Hoot" Gibson, former Space Shuttle pilot and commander

"A major contribution to a difficult episode in the history of human spaceflight."--Roger D. Launius, Division of Space History, Smithsonian Institution

"McDonald tells the heartbreaking tale of how he saw his words of warning ignored, and the fateful consequences of that decision."--Donald C. Elder III, Eastern New Mexico University

On a cold January morning in 1986, NASA launched the Space Shuttle Challenger, despite warnings against doing so by many individuals, including Allan McDonald. The fiery destruction of Challenger on live television moments after launch remains an indelible image in the nation’s collective memory.

In Truth, Lies, and O-Rings, McDonald, a skilled engineer and executive, relives the tragedy from where he stood at Launch Control Center.  As he fought to draw attention to the real reasons behind the disaster, he was the only one targeted for retribution by both NASA and his employer, Morton Thiokol, Inc., makers of the shuttle's solid rocket boosters. In this whistle-blowing yet rigorous and fair-minded book, McDonald, with the assistance of internationally distinguished aerospace historian James R. Hansen, addresses all of the factors that led to the accident, some of which were never included in NASA's Failure Team report submitted to the Presidential Commission.

Truth, Lies, and O-Rings is the first look at the Challenger tragedy and its aftermath from someone who was on the inside, recognized the potential disaster, and tried to prevent it. It also addresses the early warnings of very severe debris issues from the first two post-Challenger flights, which ultimately resulted in the loss of Columbia some fifteen years later.


Truth Lies And O Rings

Author: Allan J. McDonald
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ISBN: 9780813041933
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Roger D. Launius, Division of Space History, Smithsonian Institution There have been many accounts of the circumstances surrounding the loss of the Space Shuttle Challenger on 28 January 1986, but few, if any, give as much of an insider s ...

Truth Lies And O Rings

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"--Roger D. Launius, Division of Space History, Smithsonian Institution "McDonald tells the heartbreaking tale of how he saw his words of warning ignored, and the fateful consequences of that decision.

The Challenger Launch Decision

Author: Diane Vaughan
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022634696X
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In a new preface, Vaughan reveals the ramifications for this book and for her when a similar decision-making process brought down NASA's Space Shuttle Columbia in 2003.

Forever Young

Author: John Watts Young
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ISBN: 9780813042091
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In recent years, Young has become well-known for his prognostications about the future of our planet, believing it is only a matter of time before a massive asteroid hits Earth, and in this volume he suggests ways to prevent it.

Challenger Revealed

Author: Richard C. Cook
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN:
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Discusses the events and circumstances that led up to the Challenger disaster of 1986, as well as the aftermath and cover-up by NASA and the White House.

A Journal For Christa

Author: Grace George Corrigan
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803264113
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The biography of Christa McAuliffe--the eldest child of a close Catholic Massachusetts family and a dedicated Girl Scout who came of age in the turbulent sixties and early seventies and became a schoolteacher and a mother.

Challenger

Author: Malcolm McConnell
Publisher: Doubleday
ISBN:
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Recounts the Challenger tragedy, describes how politics has influenced the space program, and reexamines the decision to launch

Comm Check

Author: Michael Cabbage
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9780743266987
Size: 13.20 MB
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It is the story of a space program pushed to the brink of failure by relentless political pressure, shrinking budgets and flawed decision making.

Into The Black

Author: Rowland White
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501123629
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Recaptures the historic moments leading up to the launch of the space shuttle Columbia and the exciting story of her daring maiden flight, citing the pivotal contributions of the first astronauts to fly the shuttle, John Young and Bob ...

Space Shuttle Disaster

Author: Henry M. Holden
Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 9781464400780
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But Less Than Two Minutes Into the Mission, Challenger Exploded In Midair, and the Historic Day Ended In Tragedy. Author Henry M. Holden Takes An In-Depth Look At This Space Shuttle Disaster.