An Engineer Knew Challenger Was Doomed – But NASA Refused To Listen When He Tried To Stop The Launch

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It’s January 1986 in eastern Florida, and the Challenger space shuttle is preparing to launch. Thousands of miles away in Brigham City, Utah, engineer Bob Ebeling is begging officials to keep the mission on the ground. But in their haste to send their crew to the stars, NASA ignores his warnings – and the tragic consequences still haunt the nation to this day.

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