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Response to teamster633 (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 11:26 PM

19. Good memory...

That's exactly how I recall it too. Revisionist history has tried to whitewash Reagan's role in the disaster but you are correct.

The problem was the O-Rings that acted to seal the connections between the different stages of the rocket wouldn't seal correctly at cold temperatures. That morning was especially cold, below freezing iirc, but due to the SOTU speech scheduled that evening there was enormous pressure applied by the White House on NASA to launch in spite of their reservations.

So the opportunity to make a few cheap political points in a SOTU speech that night for Ronald Reagan trumped the safety of those astronauts.

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