It would be difficult to argue the fact that the events of the brief flight of the Challenger that took place on January 28, 1986 was not an ?accident?. By definition, an accident is ?an unexpected, undesirable event?. The violent loss of one human life was in this case, an ?accident?. Not only were the lives of the astronauts on board the Challenger lost, but members of their families were permanently altered as a result of the Challenger. Not only were the individuals on board the Challenger astronauts, but they were also spouses and parents to some and children and siblings to others. Although the consequences were anticipated, the emotional affects of that day will never escape the lives of those involved.
Beyond the personal affects of the Challenger, the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA), the George C, Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), and Morton Thiokol (the prime contractor for the two solid-fuel boosters used to blast the shuttle into space) cannot refuse to admit that the results of the January 28, 1986 launch of the Challenger was an ?accident?. But to admit that the results of the January 28, 1986 launch of
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