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Space shuttle news, disasters
Challenger shuttle 1986
7 crew on Challenger Jan. 28, 1986 (L to R)
Teacher Sharon "Christa" McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judy Resnik, Commander Dick Scobee
Ronald McNair, Pilot, Michael Smith and Ellison Onizuka.
The space shuttle Challenger was NASA's darkest tragedy
It exploded 73 seconds after liftoff, killing the 7 crewmembers.
I remember this tragedy. I knew that morning when I saw the space shuttle on its launch pad it should NOT take off that morning. I had a cold foreboding feeling about it. Good men died because NASA was in a hurry. THEY WERE WARNED!! They may have survived until the vehicle hit the water. They had time to repent and turn to the Lord Jesus Christ.
The spacecraft disintegrated over the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
An O-ring seal in its right solid rocket booster (SRB) failed at liftoff. The O-ring failure caused a breach in the SRB joint it sealed, allowing pressurized burning gas from within the solid rocket motor to reach the external fuel tank.
The crew compartment was eventually recovered from the ocean floor. Crew members are known to have survived the initial breakup of the spacecraft. The shuttle had no escape system, and the impact of the crew compartment with the ocean surface was too violent to be survivable.
NASA managers had known the shuttle contained a potentially catastrophic flaw in the O-rings since 1977, but failed to address it properly. Due to GO FEVER they disregarded warnings from engineers about the dangers of launching in the low temperatures that morning. The vehicle was never certified to operate in temperatures that low. The O-rings, as well as many other critical components, had no test data to support any expectation of a successful launch in such conditions.
CHALLENGER DISASTER photos
Challenger space shuttle's long-lost pictures.
Long-lost images of the tragic mid-air explosion.
We can see it drop into the sea very near a ship.
Bald Eagle Challenger Soars During National Anthem
Shuttle Atlantis, final shuttle program flight
HARBINGER WARNINGS - Isaiah 9 prophecy
When GOD destroys USA, you cant say He didnt WARN us!
DAILY NEWS with prophetic analysis
Space Shuttle Columbia disaster
Columbia space shuttle left Earth for the last time on Jan. 16, 2003. Columbia broke up February 1, 2003 as it returned to Earth, killing all 7 astronauts on board. The Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas and Louisiana as it reentered Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven crew members. Oddly, the first piece was found near Palestine Texas.
Rick Husband, Michael Anderson, David Brown, Kalpana Chawla, Laurel Clark, William McCool, pilot, and Ilan Ramon from the Israeli Space Agency.
Iran had a satellite in 2003 - there was a Jew on shuttle - did Iran shoot it down?
US govt probly knows but isnt saying. Unofficially some theorize China shot it down with a beam.
Seconds from Disaster: Columbia's Last Flight, June, 2005
Feb 1, 2016 - Remembering Israeli Ilan Ramon 13 years after his death.
On the 13th anniversary of the Columbia explosion, Israel's first astronaut lan Ramon is remembered in Israel. In honor of Israeli space week, and the thirteenth anniversary of the Columbia explosion which killed six astronauts including Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, Israel will be holding special ceremonies throughout the week of January 31st through February 4th.
A YouTube video highlighting an interview with Ramon is making its way around social media channels as well. Ramon's interview is one of the few interviews that he did from above Israel in the Columbia space shuttle before the fatal accident that destroyed the shuttle and its crew thirteen years ago on February first.
The Space Shuttle Columbia disaster occurred on February 1, 2003, when Columbia disintegrated over Texas and Louisiana as it reentered Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven crew members.
NASA delays space shuttle Endeavour's last launch
29 Apr 2011 - CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA has called off Friday's launch of space shuttle Endeavour because of a heater failure.
Commander Mark Kelly and his crew were on their way to the launch pad, when NASA halted the countdown. The astronauts' van did a U-turn, and returned the astronauts to crew quarters.
NASA spokesman George Dillard says the next try will be Sunday at the earliest. NASA reported earlier that two heaters on an auxiliary power unit were not working. Engineers could not understand the problem, and the launch was halted.
Kelly is married to wounded congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. She is already in Cape Canaveral. President Barack Obama planned to watch the launch but had not yet arrived.
Just a few hours from liftoff, NASA fueled space shuttle Endeavour for one last ride into orbit Friday as hundreds of thousands of visitors converged on the coast for prime viewing spots.
The launch team began loading more than a half-million gallons of fuel into Endeavour at dawn, moments after Prince William and Kate Middleton exchanged wedding vows across the ocean in London. Three hours later, the tank was full and NASA was keeping a close watch on a nearby storm.
Forecasters put the odds of acceptable weather at 70 percent.
Commanding Endeavour on NASA's next-to-last shuttle flight is Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, who is married to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. She planned to watch the launch from Kennedy Space Center. Giffords was shot in the head in January and left rehab in Houston behind to attend the afternoon liftoff.
"Gabrielle is just as excited as all of you!" her staff said in a Twitter update late Thursday.
She's being accompanied by her husband's identical twin, Scott, also a space shuttle commander.
"Ready if replacement is required," Scott joked in a tweet.
resident Barack Obama also will attend with his wife and two daughters — the first time in NASA history that a sitting president and his family will have witnessed a launch.
A storm pushed through the area after daybreak, but NASA expected it to be gone by launch time at 3:47 p.m. Low clouds and stiff crosswind, however, remained a concern. Launch controllers quickly resolved a minor shuttle problem: elevated pressure in a fuel tank for on-board thrusters.
Endeavour is bound for the International Space Station.
For its last hurrah, it's carrying one of the most expensive payloads in NASA's 30-year shuttle history: a $2 billion particle physics detector that will seek out antimatter and dark energy across the universe.
Kelly and his all-male crew — all six of them space veterans — saw their families for the last time Thursday. Four of them went for a 3-mile early morning run Friday on the beach, including astronaut Mike Fincke, who thanked the Lord for his family and "the chance to fly in space again."
"Please don't let me mess it up!" he said in a tweet.
As the sun rose, recreational vehicles already lined the Banana River to the south, with a wide open view of the launch site.
As many as 700,000 people were expected to crowd nearby coastal communities. For days, police have been warning of massive traffic delays.
In Titusville — a prime viewing location — shuttle watchers lined up three rows deep along the Indian River more than five hours before show time. Parking spots went for as much $30 a shot, and businesses, churches and vendors raked in the money.
Corrine Summers was hawking T-shirts that read "Godspeed Endeavour on her final mission" made by her husband's print shop. She watched the royal wedding, then hit the street.
"It's a chance to make a few extra bucks," she said. "You won't always have this opportunity with so many people here."
The space center itself was bracing for 45,000 guests, including more than three dozen members of Congress, at least two former NASA administrators, and a score of high-level academic and space industry officials. The California Science Center in Los Angeles — Endeavour's retirement home — also was going to be represented.
NASA is ending the shuttle program this summer, after one last trip by Atlantis. Obama has put the space agency on a path to asteroids and Mars, ultimately, while encouraging private companies to take over Earth-to-orbit operations.
In the meantime, U.S. astronauts will keep using Russian Soyuz rockets to get to the space station.
Once Atlantis flies, it will be at least three years before America launches astronauts from their home soil again. Some fear it could drag on for a full decade.