PH307 Disasters Essay Space Flight Disasters, Smith, October 2009 Essay title: Challenger and Columbus. What are the known risks and unknown risks of manned spaceflight? Can we assess the risk? Should we take the risk?



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PH307 - Disasters Essay
Space Flight Disasters, Smith, October 2009
Essay title: Challenger and Columbus. What are the known risks and unknown risks of manned spaceflight? Can we assess the risk? Should we take the risk?

 

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Challenger 86 was the first major space tragedy.

Who or what was to blame for Challenger 86 ?
Blame ambition:

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.”


Blame the SRB:

The cause of the accident was due to bad weather and the failure of the aft joint seal in the right Solid Rocket Booster.”





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