On January 28, 1986, solely 73 seconds into its flight, the shuttle exploded and killed all seven crew members aboard because the world watched in horror.
The crew consisted of five NASA astronauts and two payload specialists: Commander Francis R. Scobee, pilot Michael J. Smith, mission specialists Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka and Judith Resnik, payload specialists Gregory Jarvis and Christa McAuliffe, who was additionally a instructor.
Within the four-part sequence, audiences study who these courageous folks have been, what malfunction induced the deadly incident and the way the Challenger’s story serves as a cautionary story of house journey and exploration.
“Telling the tales of the astronauts and their households was actually the driving inventive power behind the sequence,” government producer Glen Zipper advised Fox Information.
“One of many few issues in our current historical past that has introduced us collectively is our creativeness for house exploration,” he mentioned. “And we thought that telling this story now would possibly remind us of that, that we’ve issues in frequent … And that there is the privatization of house the place we’ve Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Area X going into the subsequent frontier and the hazard nonetheless exists. So the sequence additionally serves as a cautionary story to not make the identical errors once more.”
Dick Scobee’s widow, June Scobee Rodgers, can also be featured within the sequence and hopes the viewers sees that the “Challenger astronauts have been actual folks.”
“They have been husbands and wives, mother and father, youngsters,” she advised Fox Information. “They have been a beautiful crew of individuals representing all religions and cultures.”
Whereas reliving these recollections is painful for Scobee Rodgers, she additionally feels it is a “large pleasure to see my husband at a top of his profession because the commander of that shuttle launch and flight.”
Since her husband’s demise, she’s been capable of forgive “these folks accountable for the accident” as a way to transfer on together with her life.
The Challenger 7 crew (L-R): Ellison S. Onizuka; Barbara Morgan, Dick Scobee; Christa McAuliffe; Judith Resnik; Mike Smith; and Ronald McNair.
“You possibly can’t transfer ahead in your life when you do not forgive. You are caught within the place of anger or grief … so I started turning that grief into inventive power as a way to work with the households to create the Challenger Middle, which continues [their] mission,” she mentioned. “We wished youngsters to take pleasure in what our family members have been risking their lives for.”
“Challenger: The Last Flight” is on the market now on Netflix.
Fox Information’ Ashley Dvorkin contributed to this report.