Challenger Space Shuttle Explosion

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The countdown had begun. The crew members aboard the space shuttle Challenger joked with one another as they waited for takeoff. Then, at 11:38 A.M., the spacecraft thundered off the ground. The launch seemed to be going well.

Suddenly, everything changed. A bright ball of fire flashed in the sky, and thick clouds of white smoke appeared. NASA officials knew the space shuttle was in trouble. Everyone's worst fears came true as Challenger broke apart, killing everyone on ...

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Overview

The countdown had begun. The crew members aboard the space shuttle Challenger joked with one another as they waited for takeoff. Then, at 11:38 A.M., the spacecraft thundered off the ground. The launch seemed to be going well.

Suddenly, everything changed. A bright ball of fire flashed in the sky, and thick clouds of white smoke appeared. NASA officials knew the space shuttle was in trouble. Everyone's worst fears came true as Challenger broke apart, killing everyone on board-including teacher Christa McAuliffe. The loss stunned people across the world and led to important changes in the space shuttle program.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Peg Glisson
Space exploration captures the imagination of young and old. This book from the "Code Red" series includes a brief look at the history of the space age, and then focuses on the excitement about the 1986 voyage of the shuttle Challenger, in which a teacher would venture into space for the first time. Weather concerns caused postponement of the launch and may have factored in the decision to launch on January 28 in spite of the cold temperatures. The explosion of the shuttle occurred just 73 seconds after launch. Like other books in the series, this examines what happened during the disaster. It also looks at its impact on future space travel. Some redesigns of the shuttle are discussed, but no mention is made of flights resuming or of the more recent shuttle disaster. Liberal use of photos, quotes, and fact boxes facilitate additional understanding of the disaster. Four of the shuttle's astronauts are profiled. A glossary, an index, and a list of suggested books and websites complete this highly appeal book. Reviewer: Peg Glisson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597163675
  • Publisher: Bearport Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Series: Code Red Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 837,525
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.12 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Table of Contents


Ready to Launch     4
The Space Age Begins     6
The Space Shuttle     8
Challenger's Crew     10
A Teacher in Space     12
Challenger's Mission     14
Decision to Launch     16
Here We Go     18
Liftoff     20
What Happened?     22
A Nation in Shock     24
Flying into the Future     26
Profiles     28
Glossary     30
Bibliography     31
Read More     31
Learn More Online     31
Index     32
About the Author     32
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