Space Launch Disaster: When Liftoff Goes Wrong
What happens when something goes wrong on the launchpad? Launching a craft into space is the most dangerous phase of a spaceflight because thousands of gallons of explosive fuel fill the rocket. The vehicle and its astronauts face being destroyed in a gigantic explosion if anything goes wrong on the launchpad or during the launch. Michael D. Cole explains the dangers involved in launching spacecraft. He describes actual mishaps, detailing the event and the people involved, including the Challenger explosion and the Apollo 1 fire.
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