A Brief History
Hello, everyone! I am Dr. Zar. Today, February 1st, 2023, is the anniversary of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. In memory of this tragic event, this article presents a compilation in chronological order of our past videos concerning the space shuttle program in the hopes that you can learn about the disaster in the broader context of the Space Shuttle program’s history.
Our first video in this compilation concerns how the origins of the program were among the accomplishments of one of the United States’ most controversial presidents:
Our second video in this compilation discusses the flights of the Challenger prior to its destruction:
Our third video in this compilation details the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster:
Our fourth video in this compilation focuses on the first neurologist in space:
Our fifth video in this compilation is about multiple space exploration failures:
Our sixth video in this compilation focuses on the first woman to pilot a Space Shuttle:
Our seventh video in this compilation concerns the International Space Station, which was put together in part with help from Space Shuttle missions:
Our eighth and final video in this compilation covers the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster:
Question for students (and subscribers): Having watched this compilation, what do you think was the greatest accomplishment of the Space Shuttle program? Also, which of the eight videos used to make this compilation do you consider to be your favorite? Please let us know in the comments section below this article.
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For more information, please see…
Cabbage, Michael and William Harwood. Comm Check…: The Final Flight of Shuttle Columbia. Free Press, 2009.
Caper, William. The Challenger Space Shuttle Explosion (Code Red). Bearport Pub Co Inc, 2007.
Hansen, James R. and Allan J McDonald. Truth, Lies, and O-Rings: Inside the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster. University Press of Florida, 2012.
The featured image in this article, a photograph by Simiprof of the Astronauts Memorial Plaque at Cape Canaveral, Florida (2015), is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.
You can also watch a video version of this article on YouTube.