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CAS 100CPart I: Analyzing the Rhetorical Situation in Ronald Reagan’s Challenger AddressOn January 28th, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded only 74 seconds after liftoff at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on the Challengers tenth flight (Mister). On board the shuttle were seven individuals; Francis R. Schobee, Commander Michael J. Smith, Dr. Judith A. Resnik,Dr. Ronald E. McNair, Lieutenant Colonel Ellison S. Onizuka, Gregory B. Jarvis, and school teacher Christa McAuliffe (Broad). All seven perished in the explosion while the nation watched from their television screens in horror. I was not born until ten years after the tragedy, so what I know of the Challenger explosion comes from what little I was taught in school. My mother and her sisters, however, can recall seeing the explosion while at school.The first thing to consider when analyzing the rhetorical situation in the Challenger Address would be the occasion. The unexpected tragedy that occurred at the launch of the Challenger is what brings us to the occasion of the speech in question. The occasion was one of

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