The Safety Of The Space Race

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On August 2, 1955, the Space Race, the race for spaceflight supremacy, began, with two countries going head to head, United States of America and the Soviet Union. The front row seat to the most thrilling show on Earth. From the day the Space Race commenced, to present day, safety has always been a fragile subject. Believe it or not, the safety of humans was not always the objective. These next events altered the concept of safety within the Space Shuttle era.
On January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger was rolled out to Kennedy Space Center’s Pad-39A, for what would end up being its final launch. At T minus 5 seconds, the solid rocket boosters ignited, propelling the nearly 134-ton vertical flight vehicle into geocentric orbit. However, at T plus 73 seconds, Challenger experienced catastrophic structural failure which resulted in the loss of both the Shuttle and the seven crew members onboard. Among those seven crew members was Christa McAuliffe, an American teacher from Concord, New Hampshire. McAuliffe was slated to be the first teacher in space, as well as the first teacher to teach not one, but two lessons from space.
Unfortunately, had NASA not ignored the many warnings from their contractor’s flight engineers declaring the solid rocket boosters unfit to fly in such a cold temperature, the astronauts aboard the Challenger would still be with us today. Furthermore, if Challenger, or any Shuttle for that matter, had been built with an emergency evacuation
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