After the accident, the families were ushered into the crew quarters to await further news. It was there that the Scobee family made a discovery that would change the rest of their lives.
family made a discovery that would change the rest of their lives.Jan 28, 2021
Families of four of the seven crew members killed in the Challenger explosion have settled with the government for total damages exceeding $750,000 for each family, with 60% of the sum to be provided by Morton Thiokol Inc., maker of the solid rocket boosters on the space shuttle, an Administration source said Monday.
The families of four space shuttle astronauts who died in the Challenger disaster received a total of $7.7 million worth of long-term tax-free annuities from the Federal Government and the rocket manufacturer blamed for the accident, documents released today by the Justice Department show.
Previously, the last known words from the Challenger were those heard from Commander Dick Scobee to ground controllers, when he responded ″Roger, go at throttle up,″ confirming that the shuttle’s main engines had been raised to full power.
Only the Jarvis and McAuliffe relatives had a right to sue the government; all the astronauts’ families could sue Morton Thiokol. … McNair, a NASA employee, the father of Jarvis and the mother of mission specialist Judith A. Resnik to file separate suits against Morton Thiokol only.
These four spouses and six children shared in cash and annuities that cost $7,735,000. The government paid 40 percent; Thiokol, 60 percent. They had relied on informal advice from the law partner of McAuliffe’s husband, Steven, and they talked only with the government, never directly with the company.
|Known for||Attempts to prevent the Challenger disaster|
|Awards||AAAS Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility (1988)|
The damage to the crew compartment indicated that it had remained largely intact during the initial explosion but was extensively damaged when it impacted the ocean. The remains of the crew were badly damaged from impact and submersion, and were not intact bodies.
The seven crew members of the space shuttle Challenger probably remained conscious for at least 10 seconds after the disastrous Jan. 28 explosion and they switched on at least three emergency breathing packs, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said Monday.
NASA yesterday named a retired Navy admiral to lead an independent investigation into the incident, which took the lives of all seven crew members on board. The remains of all seven astronauts who were killed in the space shuttle Columbia tragedy have been recovered, US officials said last night.
Later, physicians concluded the crew died from asphyxia due to inhalation of toxic gases from the fire. They almost certainly had gone unconscious before dying.
Today, Marcia Jarvis-Tinsley resides on a ranch in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, and serves as the Founding Director for the Challenger Center for Space Science Education. She had remarried, but her second husband, Ronald Keith Tinsley, passed away as well, in 2017.
The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster was a fatal space program crash in the United States that occurred on January 28, 1986. A massive aerial explosion horrifically took the lives of seven crew members – five NASA astronauts, and two payload specialists.
Although all seven crew members aboard the space shuttle Challenger had signed routine waivers absolving the government of liability in the event of their deaths, schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe was covered by a $1-million life insurance policy presented to her as a gift by a firm that insures communications satellites …
Challenger Explosion: How Groupthink and Other Causes Led to the Tragedy. Seven lives were lost as communications failed in the face of public pressure to proceed with the launch despite dangerously cold conditions. By January of 1986 America was already bored with spaceflight. It was, in part, NASA’s own fault.
|Industry||Aerospace, Manufacturing, Chemicals|
|Founded||December 5, 1929|
|Defunct||2007, succeeded by Orbital ATK; and later merged with Northrop Grumman|
|Fate||Purchased by ATK Launch Systems Group|
|Headquarters||Ogden, Utah, US|
Cabin, Remains of Astronauts Found : Divers Positively Identify Challenger Compartment on Floor of Atlantic. The crew compartment of the space shuttle Challenger, with the remains of astronauts aboard, has been found 100 feet beneath the sea off the coast of Florida, NASA officials announced Sunday.
The fated crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia could have been saved in theory, according to a NASA engineer, who spoke to the BBC. Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon and six other crew members perished when their space shuttle attempted reentry into Earth’s atmosphere on February 1, 2003.
The seven astronauts aboard the doomed space shuttle Columbia are likely to have known they were going to die for between 60 and 90 seconds before the craft broke apart, Nasa officials said yesterday.
Teacher Christa McAuliffe was buried last week in New Hampshire; Ronald E. … Onizuka will be buried later in separate private ceremonies. Mission commander Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, a retired Air Force major, will be buried in Arlington Cemetery on May 19.