- Sep 14, 2006
Same - home sick w/ flu. Press Your Luck was on the TV and they interrupted for the launch.Remember it clearly: was home sick from school with the flu. For whatever reason, I got on the couch and watched the entire thing from the boarding process to the explosion.
I hadn't heard that before. This is what I found.Side note that the crew didn’t die in the explosion. They died when the shuttle hit the water.
I hadn't heard that before. This is what I found.
2. The astronauts aboard the shuttle didn’t die instantly.After the collapse of its fuel tank, the Challenger itself remained momentarily intact and actually continued moving upwards. Without its fuel tank and boosters beneath it, however, powerful aerodynamic forces soon pulled the orbiter apart. The pieces—including the crew cabin—reached an altitude of some 65,000 feet before falling out of the sky into the Atlantic Ocean below.
It’s likely that the Challenger’s crew survived the initial breakup of the shuttle but lost consciousness due to loss of cabin pressure and probably died due to oxygen deficiency pretty quickly. But the cabin hit the water’s surface (at more than 200 mph) a full 2 minutes and 45 seconds after the shuttle broke apart, and it’s unknown whether any of the crew could have regained consciousness in the final few seconds of the fall.
The space shuttle Challenger blew apart some 73 seconds after lifting off from Cape Canaveral, Florida in 1986, killing all seven astronauts on board.www.history.com