What Happens When a Spacecraft Blows Up?

Space can be an unpredictable place; we’re continually losing pieces of vehicles that exploded on-orbit or experienced violent separation during orbit. Probably the best-known example was when Challenger disintegrated shortly after launch in 1986, killing its crew due to an O-ring failure and rubber seal separation issues on its booster rockets. Debris Researchers still are […]

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What Spacecraft Blown Up?

On January 28th 1986, NASA’s space shuttle Challenger disintegrated within 73 seconds after launch and killed all seven of its crew members – Christa McAuliffe was among them and Francis “Dick” Scobee, Michael Smith, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka and Judith Resnik were also aboard this vessel. Tragic events unfolded due to the breakdown of rubber

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