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Commander Francis R. Scobee
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Dr. Judith A. Resnick
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Gregory B. Jarvis
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Captain Michael J. Smith
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Dr. Ronald McNair
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Lt. Colonel Ellison Onizuka
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Joseph Kilminster
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Lorna Onizuka
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Larry Mulloy
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Roger Boisjoly
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Gene Thomas
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This film profiles the astronauts, crew, and civilians who were involved in the January 28, 1986 flight of the space shuttle Challenger, that resulted in its explosion 73 seconds after takeoff. Center point of the film is the safety inspections and arguments surrounding the use of the o-rings that ultimately were blamed for the explosion. Film is lent authenticity by being filmed at the Johnson Space Center in Texas. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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based on the true story of the tragic space shuttle disaster

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25 February 1990 (USA)  »

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Challenger - Um Vôo Sem Retorno  »

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Christa McAuliffe: I feel great.
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Cruel, bad taste
26 August 2002 | by (Sunderland, MA) – See all my reviews

We all knew it was inevitable--somebody would want to make a TV movie out of such a heart-wrenching tragedy.

And they did, despite the fact that it was only a few years afterward. And despite the fact that the families of the astronauts begged the producers not to go through with it.

The writer said he was curious to see how these seven people ended up together on that fateful day. How dare he even begin to think he knew what went on in these people's lives?

I watched a bit of it. It was so bad I wanted to puke.

I hope the producers and the network are happy about the families' wounds they re-opened when this thing aired.


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