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fredfrankel - 2010-02-01

i remember hearing about how some of theme were probably alive all the way down :(

thirteen3seven - 2010-02-01

From what I've heard they likely were, but the sudden decompression and shock from the explosion also knocked them out cold.

I believe this, because the other option is that they were aware of what was going on right until they hit water, and that is a horrifying thought.

-1 star for audio quality.

thirteen3seven - 2010-02-01

Meant to be a reply to fred, obviously.

Lurchi - 2010-02-02

Honestly wouldn't that be a much better death than cancer, or a stroke, or bleeding to death in a car wreck, or most other ways? a couple of minutes in free fall as the ground gets closer.

charmlessman - 2010-02-01

Let's just hope that, if they were alive, they were knocked unconscious by the blast.

jangbones - 2010-02-01

"While analyzing the wreckage, investigators discovered that several electrical system switches on Pilot Mike Smith's right-hand panel had been moved from their usual launch positions. These switches were protected with lever locks that required them to be pulled outward against a spring force before they could be moved to a new position. Later tests established that neither force of the explosion nor the impact with the ocean could have moved them, indicating that Smith made the switch changes."

sleep tight

The Mothership - 2010-02-01

Footnotes are required for extended quotes like this. Source please?

RockBolt - 2010-02-01

I know that quote and others are from astronaut Mike Mullane's book called Riding Rockets (which is really good in its own right), the other detail is that three of the emergency air packs were turned on, which has to be manually done, and a few minutes worth of air was breathed from them. They likely spent at least part of the decent desperately trying to gain control of the orbiter, not knowing there was nothing left of it behind them

James Woods - 2010-02-01


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THA SUGAH RAIN - 2010-02-01

This analysis brought to by someone speaking into a tin can attached to a microphone via string.

Maggot Brain - 2010-02-01

Can anyone recommend songs about the challenger disaster. I feel one coming on.

CapnJesusHood - 2010-02-02

waiting for the Mario Paint version

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