On January 28th 1986 the Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart and exploded 73 seconds into its flight, killing all seven crew members aboard. The disaster was witnessed live on TV by millions of people around the world including and, because the crew also contained the first teacher in space, many schools were watching too. Ultimately the cause was worked out to be from some faulty O-rings that allowed burning fuel to get where it shouldn’t.
On September 16th Netflix are releasing an investigative, four-part docuseries simply titled “Challenger: The Final Flight” about the disaster which aims to “unpack an indelible moment for a generation of Americans.”
Executive produced by J.J. Abrams and Glen Zipper, Challenger: The Final Flight is a four-part docuseries that examines the 1986 Challenger space shuttle, which tragically broke apart 73 seconds after launch as millions of Americans watched live on television. Incorporating never-before-seen interviews and rare archival material, this series offers an in-depth look at one of the most diverse crews NASA assembled, including high school teacher Christa McAuliffe, who was selected to be the first private citizen in space.