Netflix's 'Challenger: The Final Flight' is a touching reflection on a national space disaster

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Netflix's 'Challenger: The Final Flight' is a touching reflection on a national space disaster

On January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger launched into the sky, with thousands of eyes from homes and schools across America watching in great anticipation. It was supposed to be the first time a private citizen — and not just anyone, but a school teacher, Christa McAuliffe — made it into space. 

Only 73 seconds later, tragedy struck. The shuttle broke apart, killing all seven passengers on board, including five NASA astronauts, an engineer, and McAuliffe. It devastated their families, the school children tuning in from their classrooms, and numerous other spectators in the process.

Executive produced by J.J. Abrams and Glen Zipper, Netflix’s Challenger: The Final Flight revisits the tragedy that occurred that day in four parts. The opening episode introduces the Challenger crew members: 46-year-old commander Dick Scobee; 40-year-old pilot Michael Smith; 41-year-old payload specialist Gregory Jarvis; mission specialists Ellison Onizuka, 39, Ron McNair, 35, and Judy Resnik, 36; and of course, 37-year-old New Hampshire social studies teacher Christa McAuliffe. It also dives into the creation of the U.S. Space Shuttle program, which launched its first crew into space just five years before the Read more…

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