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The Crew of the Challenger Was Alive the Entire Fall - and NASA Tried to Cover It Up

Discussion in 'TUG Lounge' started by MULTIZ321, Apr 14, 2019.

  1. MULTIZ321

    MULTIZ321 TUG Member

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    The Crew Of the Challenger Was Alive the Entire Fall - and NASA Tried to Cover It Up
    By Kellie Kreiss/ Weird History/ Ranker/ ranker.com

    "The incident that destroyed the now infamous Challenger space shuttle on the morning of January 28, 1986, forever changed the future of NASA's space programs; however, the true extent of the event spanned much further than anyone could have guessed. In the months following, after much of the original Challenger had been recovered and analysis of the crew's remains was completed, Dennis E. Powell of the Miami Herald’s Sunday magazine, Tropic, revealed that NASA had kept much of the story to themselves. They did this not out of respect for families but as a cruel PR move to help preserve their public opinion.

    The shocking truth that NASA attempted to hide was that the crew of six astronauts and one schoolteacher aboard the Challenger that day had, in fact, survived the explosion and instead met their ends after they plummeted 12 miles into the ocean. Likely embarrassed by their own lack of foresight when it came to preparing the crew for what may have been a survivable loss of life, NASA withheld information and forced people to lie on their behalf in an effort to keep the general public - which had watched the explosion live on their televisions - in the dark....."

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    I don't remember a cover up. When they found the crew compartment, most experts speculated that they were alive when it hit the water.

    They never conceived of a catastrophic failure just as there was no backup for missing ceramic tiles. On take-off, they always assumed that the shuttle could separate and use the lifting body for re-entry.
     
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    Passepartout TUG Review Crew: Veteran TUG Member

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    I'm sorry. That's something I didn't need to know.
     
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    Even if you survive, the impact usually erases from seconds to a minute before the trauma. It did in my case.
     
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    That's my recollection as well.

    Regardless, this is a click bait load of crap article lacking substance with absolutely no sourcing or evidence that NASA "knew" they were alive and covered it up. Her's the punchline for those smart enough not to read it: "because the cabin fell at such a controlled pace without spinning out of control, it suggests that the ship never depressurized and the astronauts were likely conscious the whole time." No evidence of this whatsoever.

    Did some of them survive the initial blast, certainly possible. In fact I recall this was the conclusion reached at the time. But of course this author wasn't alive at the time, so she wouldn't recall that.
     
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    BS, we have known this for years. I like many watched the horror as it happened. This article is poorly researched and inflammatory.
     
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    I agree, we just don’t need to know that and after so many years have passed, why does anyone write about it unless they are trying to stir up trouble.
     
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    Here's what NASA released about it contemporaneous to when it happened:

    http://www.spaceacts.com/howdied.htm

    I couldn't find the actual report, but had heard of the results from some acquaintances that worked on the recovery team.
     
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