I just watched a most interesting report about the loss of Space Shuttle Challenger and learned things I didn’t know, even though I was there as a participant in the launch and ensuing investigation into why the vehicle exploded, killing its seven crew members.

Produced by News4Jax (Jacksonville) in 2018, the report features interviews with June Scobee Rodgers, widow of Challenger pilot Mike Scobee, and Allan McDonald, the Morton Thiokol director/engineer who urged NASA against launching on that cold day. You’ll also hear my voice describing the seven-member astronaut team as they prepare for their flight and as they depart for the launch pad. I sat in launch control that fateful morning, delivering shuttle launch commentary to the world for a portion of the ill-fated flight prep.

There are commercial ads interspersed throughout the presentation (it is News4Jax, after all) but you can advance your cursor through and beyond them to continue the program uninterrupted.

If you are interested in learning about the attempted cover-up by top managers of the company that designed and fabricated the shuttle’s solid rocket boosters, and the pressure NASA management put on them to launch, despite engineers’ warnings that it wasn’t safe to launch outside the boosters’ O-ring parameters, this program will engage you.

It did me.