FEYNMAN AND THE CHALLENGER EXPLOSION
Mon Jan 29 14:28:07 EST 1996
"Arthur E. Sowers" <arthures at access5.digex.net> wrote:
>Although it was a high profile techno-disaster, I would maintain that in
>terms of the propensity of human beings to do things that turn out bad
>instead of good that they should have been able to predict and avoid, the
>Challenger disaster was a drop in the bucket compared to many other
Several examples given.
>5. The use of pure oxygen atmospheres in the early 3-man space
> capsules (I don't remember the names & dates etc, but 3 guys were
> burned to a crisp in about 2-3 secs and there was a committee report
> recommending against the pure oxygen for safety reasons).
Apollo 1: Grissom, White, and Chaffee. I believe it was on January 25, 1966
- almost ten years exactly prior to the challenger explosion. BTW their
spacesuits protected them from a lot of the fire. Their official cause of
death was listed as suffocation from the toxic fumes.
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