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Rogers William P et al Report of the Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident United States Government Printing Office June 6 1986 256 pages The Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident chaired by former Secretary of State William P Rogers investigated the circumstances surrounding the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger shortly after liftoff on January 28 1986 The Commission was established in February 1986 pursuant to Executive Order 12546 and it issued its final report in June 1986 William Rogers was at the time a practicing attorney and senior partner in the law firm Rogers Wells In 1973 Rogers was awarded the Medal of Freedom All other members of the Commission have excellent qualifications such as previous spacecraft commander engineers director of Space Systems and Command Control Communication astronauts and physicists January 28th 1986 was the coldest day that NASA had ever attempted to launch a manned spacecraft at 36 degrees Fahrenheit it was 15 degrees colder than any previous launch temperature Although lift-off time for the Challenger flight 51-L had been delayed twice that morning all operations and systems seemed to be under control An ice team had been sent to the launch pad at 130 am and again at 845 am and although there was some build-up ice was cleared as a concern Other weather conditions were cleared by NASA staff at Cape Canaveral through the use of weather balloons and also at the emergency landing site in Dakar Senegal Africa The seven member crew arrived at the launch pad in the astronauts van shortly after 800 and were all strapped into their seats by 836 am Three two one stated mission control Roger Go with the throttle up shuttle commander Dick Scobee radioed 73 seconds later millions of people across the nation watched the awful explosion spread across their television screens and realized that something had gone wrong before they heard the voice of
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