Challenger and Columbia Group Ethical Analysis - Ashwin

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Case Recap Established as an organization in 1958, NASA has been affluent in conducting successful space missions, but disparaged for its failures. The Challenger and Columbia Space Shuttle disasters proved to be the keys for its belittlement. On Jan 28 th , 1986, space shuttle Challenger disintegrated 73 seconds into flight, after an O-ring in the shuttle’s right solid rocket booster (SRB) failed to seal. O-rings leave their ruts and seal themselves into place on lift off while hot gas leaked into the SRB. On the day of the launch, the O-rings had hardened due to cold temperatures, causing a prolonged sealing process. Hot gas from the rocket motor infringed the SRB joint that was expected to be sealed and caused major breaches in the other SRB attachment hardware, separating its aft attachment while causing external fuel tank failures. This unprecedented catastrophe led to the creation of the Rogers Commission to investigate the event and an immediate grounding of all missions for two years. The incident could have been avoided
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  • Fall '09
  • RichardWilson
  • Space Shuttle Columbia, Space Shuttle Challenger, Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, Space Shuttle Columbia disaster

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