Bundle of 4 - The Space Race - Four Tragedies of the US Space Program

Bundle of 4 - The Space Race - Four Tragedies of the US Space Program
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This is a bundle of 4 highly animated, power point presentation on The Space Race – The Four Tragedies of the US Space Program. The total number of slides in the presentations is 62. Each of the slides are editable so you can modify the slides if you need to.

Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee are killed on the launch pad when a flash fire engulfs their command module during testing for the first Apollo/Saturn mission. They are the first U.S. astronauts to die in the line of duty.

Even before tragedy struck, the command module was criticized for many potentially hazardous design flaws, including the use of a more combustible, 100% oxygen atmosphere in the cockpit, an escape hatch that opened inward instead of outward, faulty wiring and plumbing, and the presence of flammable material.

During a test Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee were strapped into their seats when a voltage fluctuation occurred. Grissom was heard shouting "Fire!" and White followed immediately with "We've got a fire in the cockpit." Screaming was heard before the communications cut out. It was over in 30 seconds.

Power point #1 is entitled, The Space Race – Apollo I Tragedy – Grissom, White & Chaffee and contains 14 slides and covers the following:

CM-012 Design
Design Flaws Noted
NASA’s Poor Decisions (2)
Grissom’s Premonition?
The Test
The Fire
Rescue Attempt
The Investigation
Death & Burials
End of Presentation

Apollo 13 had problems (real and perceived) from the start. All it lacked was a Friday to be a triskaidekaphobe’s (fear of the number 13) worst nightmare. It was the 13th scheduled lunar space exploration mission, scheduled for liftoff at the 13th minute after the 13th hour. The Lunar landing was scheduled for the 13th day of the month.

Unfortunately, no one at NASA was superstitious, but maybe they should have been. If anyone had stopped or made changes to the schedule of Apollo 13, the world may have missed one of the greatest adventures in space exploration history.

Apollo 13, the 3rd planned Lunar-landing mission, was scheduled for launch on April 11, 1970. There were problems even before the launch. Astronaut Thomas K. Mattingly was replaced by Jack Swigert when it was learned he may have been exposed to German measles. Shortly before launch, a technician noticed a higher pressure on a helium tank than expected. Nothing was done about it besides keeping a close watch. A vent for liquid oxygen would not close at first and required several recyclings before it would shut off.

An explosion in space occurred just after the astronauts stirred up their cryo tanks. Moments later, the technicians in flight control heard a disturbing message from Apollo 13. Jack Swigert said, "OK Houston, we've had a problem here." Thus, began a life and death battle to get the astronauts home.

Power point #2 is entitled, The Space Race – Apollo 13’s Near Tragedy and contains 21 slides and covers the following:

Problems Before Launch
The Launch
Smooth Flight
No One Was Watching
Routine Flight Goes Awry
“Houston, We Have a Problem”
This is No Joke
Astronauts Grow Concerned
How to Save the Crew
Components of the Problem
Conserving Resources
Course Correction
Race Against Time
Preserving Life: Cold & Fatigue
Preserving Life: Oxygen
Heading Home
End of Presentation

On January 28, 1986, the American shuttle orbiter Challenger broke up 73 seconds after liftoff, bringing a devastating end to the spacecraft’s 10th mission. The disaster claimed the lives of all 7 astronauts aboard, including Christa McAuliffe, a teacher from NH who had been selected to join the mission and teach lessons from space to schoolchildren around the country. The tragedy and its aftermath received extensive media coverage and prompted NASA to suspend all shuttle missions.

It was later determined that 2 rubber O-rings, which had been designed to separate the sections of the rocket booster, had failed due to cold temperatures on the morning of the launch. After the accident, NASA refrained from sending astronauts into space for more than 2 years as it redesigned many of the shuttle’s features.

Flights began again in September 1988 with the successful launching of Discovery. Since that time, the space shuttle has carried out numerous important missions, including the repair and maintenance of the Hubble Space Telescope and the construction of the International Space Station.

On February 1, 2003, a 2nd space shuttle disaster rocked the United States when Columbia disintegrated upon reentry, killing all aboard. While missions resumed in July 2005, the space shuttle retired in 2011.

Power point #3 is entitled, The Challenger Disaster and contains 14 slides and covers the following:

“Teacher in Space” Program
Catastrophic Launch
Warnings Ignored
The Shuttle Program
End of Presentation

On February 1, 2003, the space shuttle Columbia broke apart while re-entering the atmosphere over TX, killing all 7 crew members on board. The disaster occurred minutes before Columbia was scheduled to land at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center.

An investigation later determined the catastrophe was caused by a problem that took place shortly after launch on January 16, when a piece of foam insulation broke off from the shuttle’s propellant tank and damaged the edge of the shuttle’s left wing.

In the aftermath of the Columbia disaster, the space shuttle program was grounded until July 26, 2005, when the space shuttle Discovery was launched on the program’s 114th mission. In July 2011, the space shuttle program, which began with the Columbia’s first mission in 1981, completed its final (and 135th) mission, flown by Atlantis.

Power point #4 is entitled, The Columbia Disaster and contains 13 slides and covers the following:

Second Disaster
Columbia Launch
Foam Collision
Compounded Tragedy
The Investigation
The Shuttle Program
End of Presentation

This is of several bundled power point presentations I offer in my store under the subject...... The Space Race.
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