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The Challenger Quiz

Approximately how many minutes AFTER liftoff did the shuttle explode into the air? Just over ONE minute (73 seconds)
How far into the sky was the shuttle? 9 miles (14.5 km)
Why was the crew of The Challenger “noteworthy” for this specific flight? Cultural diversity and inclusion of women.
Why was this flight called ‘The Teacher Flight?” First flight to have a private citizen on board (who also happened to be a Teacher!)
What were the pilot’s famous last words before the shuttle went down? "Uh-oh"
In what decade did this tragedy occur? 1980's
What time of year did the shuttle launch? Middle of winter - January, 1986
What was initially reported as the cause of the fiery explosion? Catastrophic malfunction - a defect in one of the booster rockets.
Who recommended that the flight be delayed? Engineers
What was the name of the shuttle that launched AFTER The Challenger? Discovery
What was the name of the shuttle to first successfully land like a plane on the runway? Colombia
How many years after the disaster did it take before the next shuttle was launched? Two and a half years



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