THE Challenger crew most likely SURVIVED the dramatic explosion prior to the space shuttle hurry to earth and also crashed right into the Atlantic Ocean, says a shocking brand-new book.

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Author Kevin cook says he has uncovered the "errors and corner-cutting that led an overconfident room agency come launch a crew that had no possibility to escape".


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The room shuttle Challenger explodes quickly after lifting turn off from the Kennedy an are Center in Florida

Space spaceship Challenger pilot Michael J. Smith exclaimed ″Uh-oh 3/8″ in ~ the moment the spacecraft exploded.

The alert pilot i found it something was amiss - possibly vapor or a fire - if the capsule to be hurtling with the waiting at twice the speed of sound, reports the brand-new York Post.

The appropriate booster rocket to be leaking fuel.

Smith, cock Scobee, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnik, Gregory Jarvis and also Christa McAuliffe survived the early stage disaster and also “were conscious, at least at first, and fully aware the something to be wrong,” Mr cook writes.


The an are Shuttle Challenger disaster was a fatal an are program crash in the United says that developed on January 28, 1986.

A huge aerial explode horrifically take it the lives of 7 crew members - 5 NASA astronauts, and two payload specialists.

The spaceship took turn off just prior to noon native the Kennedy space Center near Cape Canaveral, Florida.

But an are Shuttle Challenger OV-099 explosive in midair 73 seconds after takeoff, break apart and also killing everyone.


And currently Mr cook has written around the tragedy in 'Burning Blue: The Untold Story of Christa McAuliffe and NASA's Challenger'.


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Frederick Gregory (foreground) and also Richard O Covey, spacecraft communicators in ~ Mission regulate in Houston watch helplessly together the Challenger shuttle explodes ~ above takeoff
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Spectators were left horrified after ~ witnessing the explosion of the room Shuttle Challenger

Pictures from the day present horrified spectators after they saw the explosion while spacecraft communicators were images looking helpless as they experienced the live feed.

Among those on plank was New Hampshire high institution teacher Christa McAuliffe, who was favored by NASA to it is in the an initial teacher in space.

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Publicity information about Mr Cook's publication explains that he "tells united state what really occurred on the ill-fated, unforgettable day.


"He traces the pressures - top from NASA come the White house - that prompted the fatal order to launch on one ice-cold Florida morning.

"Cook bring away readers within the shuttle for the agonizing minutes after the explosion, which the astronauts did indeed survive.

"With drama, immediacy, and shocking surprises, that reveals the person price the Challenger crew and also America paid for politics, capital-P Progress, and also the nationwide dream that 'reaching for the stars'."