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The Challenger Disaster (2013)

The Challenger (original title)
Factual drama exploring the truth behind the space shuttle Challenger's 1986 disintegration.




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Michelle Feynman (as Megan Young)
Judson Lovingood (as Sean C. Michael)
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When Challenger disintegrated 73 seconds into its flight on the morning of 28 January 1986, it represented one of the most shocking events in the history of American spaceflight. A Presidential Commission was immediately convened to explore what had gone wrong, but with the vast complexity of the space shuttle and so many vested interests involved in the investigation, discovering the truth presented an almost impossible challenge. A truly independent member of the investigation was Richard Feynman. One of the most accomplished scientists of his generation, he worked on the Manhattan Project building the first atom bomb and won the Nobel Prize for his breakthroughs in quantum physics. Feynman deployed exceptional integrity, charm and relentless scientific logic to investigate the secrets of the Shuttle disaster and in doing so, helped make the US Space Programme safer. Written by Anonymous

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16 November 2013 (USA)  »

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73 Seconds: The Challenger Investigation  »

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Did You Know?


William Hurt and Brian Dennehy share the screen again 30 years later after their partnership in Gorky Park (1983). See more »


When Feynemen is visiting the orbiter during his inspection, it is shown with the NASA "Meatball" logo, which was not used on any orbiter until 1998. See more »


Richard Feynman: What is science? Science is a way to teach how something gets to be known, in as much as anything can be known because nothing is known absolutely.
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Follows Challenger (1990) See more »

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Solid t.v. movie, challenges the truth
19 June 2017 | by (adelaide, australia) – See all my reviews

I can't believe William Hurt, who to me, has always been a great actor, didn't get award recognized for his portrayal of brilliant real life scientist, Richard Feynman, called in to help find the source of the 1986 Challenger disaster. Feynman working tooth and nail, becoming work obsessed, his health not the best, was the one, who pinpointed the cause. This is a very engrossing movie, where over 90 minutes, it deals with the aftermath of that horrific day, where Feynman was called to Washington, from His L.A home I presume, to help with the investigation, and gets entangled into political issues, going up against the big guns, making a few enemies, quick. Feynman was an admirable character, and Hurt gives it such clout, in what really is a remarkable performance, no acting credit or not. This is a character you can't pull the wool over or befool. Joanne Whalley was really good, surprisingly really good, as his concerned wife, while Brian Dennehy was solid, as the slightly shady guy leading the investigation. One CIA Sergeant (Bruce Greenwood, solid as always, with this being no exception) teams up with Hurt, where they become good friends. Greenwood uses discreet methods to divulge some info, for why the shuttle took off that day, which was quite disheartening. On the whole, this t.v. movie is engrossing like I aid, where the other plus is Hurt. Why can't he make a comeback, which I what I say to myself with each recent film he does. A movie that has you from the word "Go", it's last scene, memorable.

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