Season 36, Episode 2 Space Shuttle Disaster

First Aired: October 14, 2008

The 2003 space-shuttle Columbia tragedy is explored through interviews with NASA engineer Rodney Rocha, flight director Leroy Cain, astronauts and Columbia Accident Investigation Board members. The episode also details the history of the shuttle program, including the design trade-offs that played roles in both the Columbia and Challenger disasters, and looks ahead to the future of the U.S. space program.

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  • Premise: PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a… (more)

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