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Tuesday January 28 1986 is a day that will live on forever in infamy This was the day that the Challenger a NASA space shuttle tragically exploded The explosion left many people asking themselves What went wrong and What made the Challenger blow-up NASA conducted a report to find out just that They concluded that it was many factors these factors being the failed O-rings the cold weather and the leaky jointMcGowen57 Surprisingly many people dont know what exactly happened to the Challenger Ironically there were several launch delays for the Challenger NASA disregarded the delays and ordered the lift off anywayOberg 725 Seventy-eight seconds into the flight the Challenger tragically exploded The accident occurred at 46000 feet in the air The Challenger was traveling at about twice the speed of sound Technically the Challenger did not exploded it fell apart due to structural failures The crew cabin broke lose from the entire shuttle and went flying through the air The crew cabin hit the Atlantic ocean within three minutes The seven-crew members that belonged to the space shuttle were killed on impact 725 Because of the seriousness of what happened in the Challenger accident a special team was chosen to conduct a report on the finding and reasons of the explosion The report delivered to President Reagan on June 6 1986 concluded the cause of the Challenger accident was the failure of the pressure seal in the aft field joint of the right solid rocket motorMcGowen 57 it also added The failure was due to a faulty design unacceptably sensitive to a number of factors These factors were the effects of the temperature physical dimensions the character of materials the effects of reusability processing and the reaction of the joint to dynamic loading Failure to the joint the report said began with decisions made in the design of the joint and in the failure by both Thiokol and NASAs solid rocket booster project office
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