Report of the Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident, Paperback – June 1, 1986
(In compliance with Executive Order 12546 of February 3, 1986)
Report Presidential Commission Shuttle Challenger
- Report of the Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident, Paperback – June 1, 1986 (In compliance with Executive Order 12546 of February 3, 1986)
Paperback & BONUS of an included complete Microfiche Copy
Publisher: United States Government Printing (June 1986)
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
The Rogers Commission Report was created by a Presidential Commission charged with investigating the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster during its 10th mission, STS-51-L. The report, released and submitted to President Ronald Reagan on 9 June 1986, both determined the cause of the disaster that took place 73 seconds after liftoff, and urged NASA to improve and install new safety features on the shuttles and in its organizational handling of future missions.
The commission found that the Challenger accident was caused by a failure in the O-rings sealing the aft field joint on the right solid rocket booster, causing pressurized hot gases and eventually flame to "blow by" the O-ring and make contact with the adjacent external tank, causing structural failure. The failure of the O-rings was attributed to a design flaw, as their performance could be too easily compromised by factors including the low temperature on the day of launch.
The Rogers Commission concluded that the Challenger disaster was "an accident rooted in history."
"The future is not free: the story of all human progress is one of a struggle against all odds. We learned again that this America, which Abraham Lincoln called the last, best hope of man on Earth, was built on heroism and noble sacrifice. It was built by men and women like our seven star voyagers, who answered a call beyond duty, who gave more than was expected or required and who gave it little thought of worldly reward."
- President Ronald Reagan January 31, 1986
. . . Crew Photo IN MEMORIAM