Written By Liam Walker
Disaster is Inevitable
When traveling into space there is always danger. You can not completely avoid risk you can only reduce it. The brave astronauts that venture into space accept this risk involved. Dr. Laurel Clark, who died aboard the space shuttle Columbia on February 1, 2003 said, "To me, there's a lot of different things that we do during life that could potentially harm us, and I choose not to stop doing those things"(Greene). Failure happens for a variety of reasons such as human error or technological malfunction. So much can go wrong in the sky and in outer space when your working with extremely powerful rockets. Not all things go wrong in the sky but some happen on the ground before the mission even launches.
Below is an example of a space disaster. This is the challenger which exploded on January 28, 1986 due to rapid declaration.
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