The National Aeronautics And Space Administration

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Mustika Wijaya English 102 Elisabeth Greer March 26, 2015 Politics over Science On January 28, 1986, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched the space shuttle Challenger. The launch was held in Cape Canaveral, Florida, at the Kennedy Space Center. The Challenger shuttle carried seven crew members, including pilots, aerospace engineers and a citizen. Unfortunately, after it launched, the space shuttle broke apart and hit the ocean. The failure of the mission traumatized the whole nation. In fact, millions of people watched the shocking tragedy on television. This incident saddened the nation, and President Ronald Reagan appointed some persons from different areas, such as engineers, pilots, politicians and astronauts, to find the cause of this disaster. Although the investigation revealed that the main reason for the disaster was because of technical issues. In actuality, the disaster was caused by the decision to launch, which was driven by political pressures. The focus on political interest over hard science was the reason for the Challenger disaster. NASA launched the Challenger on January 28, 1986 in the cold temperature. Challenger was initially made to be a test vehicle for collecting data, but surprisingly, with modifications and additional testing, it became a spacecraft. NASA expanded the wings and connected it to external tank to increase the capacity. The Challenger shuttle carried seven crew members and interestingly, between the
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