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Dandu Igluman
Dandu Igluman

Does CNN have only a handful of viewers? Is 17 percent of Americans a handful and not millions? I guess it's all relative...

And cold did cause the disaster, if by that we mean that it wouldn't happen if it'd been warmer. Yes, there might've been partial o-ring failures before. Emphasis on the word partial.

Daniel Baca
Daniel Baca

Re Myth 3: .....OR it could be the fact that this was quite possibly the most televised launch owing to Christa McAuliffe's participation in the Teacher in Space program and was streamed to schools nationwide. I DO remember sitting in class on that fateful morning as does my wife who is from another state. Our respective teachers turned off the tvs and were at a loss for words...save for when one of the children who clearly did not understand what was going on exclaimed "cool" and the teacher had to explain "no, not cool..." I'd wager millions of school children were tuned in that day.

j g
j g

i was at MSFC at the time and things were different as we saw them. but nasa changed that. and played the media.


John Kalawak
John Kalawak

@Dandu Igluman That's just stupid. Just because they had CNN doesn't mean they were home at 11:30 on a Tuesday and were watching a shuttle launch. I know you don't understand what it is like to be useful to society and have a job..but most people do. And even those that were home were not watching a space shuttle launch in 1986 any more than they watched random one in 1996. And CNN was considered a very minor cable channel until Operation Desert Storm.

P. Arnold
P. Arnold

If the government people have such control why can't they successfully cover up the illegal or stupid crap they do?  Yes, sure these ultimate controlling people change crap when it doesn't really matter since it was all recorded by hundreds, if not thousand of people, but they don't do anything about 'changing' or covering up everything else.


Have you considered professional help, or they out to get you too?

John Kalawak
John Kalawak

@j g Yes...everything is one giant conspiracy. Everyone is out to get you.

P. Arnold
P. Arnold

@John Kalawak @Dandu Igluman

Maybe it never occurred to YOU that even at work many people watched the launch.  BAck then such things were not taken for granted.


Just because people, millions of people watched, did NOT mean they didn't have or were at their jobs. YOU clearly self worshipping prick. YOU don't know everything - when you LEARN that you'll be able to act human.

Laurie Vincent
Laurie Vincent

@P. Arnold @John Kalawak @Dandu Igluman


The two of you ... Enough of this snotty type of exchange! If you can't behave like civil grownups, stop commenting. We're talking about the deaths of heroes and you are insulting each other like 6-year-olds on the playground. Behave yourselves!

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