28 January 2011

Challenger Disaster ~ "A Major Malfunction"...

R.I.P. Challenger Crew. This space shuttle engineering and risk analysis disaster happened 25 years ago today, traumatizing children and adults alike, and stalling humanity's shift to the stars by at least a decade. The Big Picture helps us remember... In the incident investigation, MIT alumnus and Nobelist physicist Richard Feymann made some key observations... One memorable aspect of my undergrad MIT experience was an IAP ethics class session with Morton Thiokol solid rockets engineer Roger Boisjoly who warned of the 0-ring cold-temperature risk before hand and blew the whistle on management perfidy afterwards.

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