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Challenger It was a cold crisp and damp morning on the Florida Space Coast as the space shuttle Challenger raced through the sky at speeds approaching mach 2 at an altitude of 104000 feet when something went perilously wrong All of America watched including the family members of the seven doomed crew members as Challenger exploded into an expansive ball of fire smoke and steam An Oh no came as the crews final utterance from the shuttle as the orbiter broke-up As the reality of what she was seeing became apparent Pilot Michael John Smiths daughter 9 year old Erin Smith could be heard yelling Daddy Daddy I want you Daddy You promised nothing would happen Unfortunately the events of that tragic day could have been easily prevented Weather had been the main cause for five delays during the last month The launch had been carried out in spite on the fact that weather was the worst it had ever been in NASAs history of manned space flight With so many delays encountered in that twenty-fifth shuttle mission NASA had become careless in getting Challenger on its way As Challenger sat on the pad awaiting its ill-fated mission there were signs that there was something wrong with the Right hand SRB Solid Rocket Booster Nevertheless these signs were ignored by a neglectful staff whose only concern was scheduling and not safety Also at the time of the accident for purely monetary reasons the shuttle had not been fitted with a means of escape for the crew in the case of an emergency a fact not revealed until after the accident Though the Space shuttle was the cutting edge of technology at the time new advancements in technology make the Space Shuttle old unsafe inefficient and not cost effective However because of cut backs in funding NASA is unable to make any advancements in its technology to
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