Essay on The Space Shuttle Challenger Tragedy
NASA postponed the launch five times since it was planned to …show more content…
Bad Weather played a huge role in the Challengers mission and liftoff success. The forecast for the day of the launch was 31 °F (−1 °C), this was the absolute minimum temperature allowed for safety. Morton Thiokol was the contracting company who was responsible for the making of the ships SRB’s (Solid Rocket Boosters) because of the weather they showed concern for their products. Many engineers showed their concerns for the weather and truly did not believe that it was safe to take off. Roger Boisjoly was one of those engineers, he expressed the most concerns about the ship but more specifically about the rubber O-rings. He believed that the temperature of the weather first hardened the rubber and when it got hot again the outcome was it busting from all the pressure.
The Challenger had been on nine missions before its final one. This could have played a significant role in the problems it had after launching. Since it was built on February 10, 1978 the shuttle was older and more used up than any shuttle before. The fact that it had 9nine missions before its last one effected it because it was not new and the parts were already put under pressure. Not being said that they did not fix it just that it had some of the parts from when it was first used, used as parts for the flight