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Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident

Published by Presidential Commission, Washington, DC (1986)

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From: Ground Zero Books, Ltd. (Silver Spring, MD, U.S.A.)

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About this Item: Presidential Commission, Washington, DC, 1986. Condition: very good. Quarto, 256, v.1 only, wraps, illus. (some color), tables, charts, appendices, references, sticker residue inside front flyleaf. Slight wear to cover and spine edges. Volume I contains the report and appendices A-D. Volumes II and III (not present) contain the rest of the appendices; Volumes IV and V (also not present) contain hearings of the Presidential Commission. Seller Inventory # 43546

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Published by National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA

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From: Wonder Book (Frederick, MD, U.S.A.)

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About this Item: National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA. Condition: Very Good. Washington, D.C.: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, July 14, 1986. Sm 4to paperback. 5pp + chart. Near fine. [NASA, Space] Inquire if you need further information. Seller Inventory # SA20A-00030

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NASA. [Chuck Yeager's copy]

Published by Washington DC (1986)

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From: Riverby Books (Fredericksburg, VA, U.S.A.)

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About this Item: Washington DC, 1986. Soft cover. Condition: Good. 4 volumes [of 5] of the Report on the Challenger Accident. All are oversized softcover volumes bound in blue covers with white lettering and the presidential seal. White lettering on the spine. Present here are Volumes 1, 3, 4 and 5. Volume 1 has 256 pages. Color photographs and report findings. This copy is signed on the first page by Chuck Yeager, who was a member of the commission. Volume 3 contains Appendices N and O, reports from Photo and TV Support Team and from Search and Recovery. 426 pages. Volume 4 has 823 pages. Contains the first part of the commission hearings. Volume 5 has more than 900 pages and contains the rest of the hearings. [volume 2 is missing]. A thorough and chilling account of the Challenger disaster - this copy with Chuck Yeager's name - perhaps it was his personal copy, as it seems an unlikely thing to 'autograph' for someone. Please email with questions or to request photos. These are heavy books; extra shipping will be required. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # R-126

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Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident

Published by Presidential Commission, Washington, DC (1986)

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About this Item: Presidential Commission, Washington, DC, 1986. Wraps. Condition: Very good. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Quarto, 5 volume set. Various paginations: Volume I [10], 256, [6] pages; Volume II approximately 500 pages; Volume III approximately 530 pages. Volume IV approximately 830 pages; and Volume V approximately 900 pages. Wraps. Illustrations (some color in Volume I). Diagrams. Tables. Charts. Appendices. References. Slight wear to cover and spine edges. Volumes II and III removed from shrinkwrap for cataloguing. Volume IV and V has open shrinkwrap present. Some wear and soiling to covers. Overall condition of the 5 volumes is Very Good. Volume I contains the report and appendices A-D. Volumes II and III contain the rest of the appendices; Volumes IV and V contain hearings of the Presidential Commission. 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 contact 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. More broadly, the report also determined the contributing causes of the accident. Most salient was the failure of both NASA and its contractor, Morton Thiokol, to respond adequately to the design flaw. The Commission found that as early as 1977, NASA managers had not only known about the flawed O-ring, but that it had the potential for catastrophe. This led the Rogers Commission to conclude that the Challenger disaster was "an accident rooted in history." The report also strongly criticized the decision making process that led to the launch of Challenger, saying that it was seriously flawed. One of the commission's best-known members was theoretical physicist Richard Feynman. His style of investigating with his own direct methods rather than following the commission schedule put him at odds with Rogers. During a televised hearing, Feynman famously demonstrated how the O-rings became less resilient and subject to seal failures at ice-cold temperatures by immersing a sample of the material in a glass of ice water. Feynman's suspicions were corroborated by General Kutyna, also on the commission, who cunningly provided Feynman with a broad hint by asking about the effect of cold on O-ring seals after mentioning that the temperature on the day of the launch was far lower than had been the case with previous launches: below freezing at 28 to 29 °F ( 2.2 to 1.7 °C); previously, the coldest launch had been at 53 °F (12 °C). In 2013, BBC film The Challenger revealed that the O-Ring insight had in fact come to Kutyna from astronaut (and fellow commission member) Sally Ride, who had secretly provided him with NASA test results showing the O-rings became stiff when they were too cold. Feynman's investigations also revealed that there had been many serious doubts raised about the O-ring seals by engineers at Morton Thiokol, which made the solid fuel boosters, but communication failures had led to their concerns being ignored by NASA management. Feynman felt that the Commission's conclusions misrepresented its findings, and he could not in good conscience recommend that such a deeply flawed organization as NASA should continue without a suspension of operations and a major overhaul. His fellow commission members were alarmed by Feynman's dissent, and it was only after much petitioning that Feynman's minority report was included at. Seller Inventory # 74058

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