Space Disasters

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.

Challenger Disaster Live on CNN

Space Fails

Many Failures in space that occur can have been avoided. Most of them happen because of careless human error. To think that after all the research and preparation goes into a mission that one little mistake can cost millions of dollars or even a peoples lives is quite astonishing. An example of this is NOAA-19 which is a weather satellite NASA launched to conduct climate research. Sadly the engineers servicing the satellite before launch forgot to check if it was bolted down before moving it (PopSci, 10). They knocked it over broke when it hit the ground costing NASA millions of dollars. This is how a small mistakes can have major consequences when your traveling in space.

Famous Space Disasters

Space Disasters involving people are truly the tragic ones because they cost astronauts lives. They are also the most well known disasters as they are broadcast on television across the world. Some of the most well known Space Disasters include Apollo 1, Apollo 13 and the most recent one Columbia. Apollo 1 was the resulting in the death of 3 people due to a fire when it took off on January 27, 1976. Apollo 13 launched April 11, 1970 is considered a successful failure because despite a oxygen tank repture the crew of three men made it home safely. Finally Columbia the most recent space tragedy happened on February 1, 2003 due to a piece of foam breaking off an external tank causing the Space Shuttle to disintegrate over Texas when re-entering the earths atmosphere. These Disasters are always the worst but it is a risk astronauts take when venturing into outer space (Elliot).

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The Future of Space Exploration

Despite Space Disasters space exploration still continues. Advancing technology and precautions have made Space Disaster less common but does not eliminate the risk. We hope to send man further than the moon in the near future. Although the hazards involved future missions are being planned right now for the sake of understanding more about the universe. The chance of Disaster will be in every space voyage but our curiosity takes us beyond the cons and in to the abundant pros of space travel.

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PopSci. "The Top 10 Failed NASA Missions." Popular Science. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 May 2013. <>.