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Rogers, William



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Rogers William
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Rogers, William P (1913-) American politician, chair of the presidentially-mandated blue ribbon commission investigating the Challenger accident in January 1986

It found that the failure had resulted from a poor engineering decision, an O-ring used to seal joints in the Solid Rocket Booster that was susceptible to failure at low temperatures, introduced innocently-enough years earlier. Rogers kept the commission's analysis on that technical level, and documented the problems in exceptional detail. The commission, after some prodding by Nobel Prize-winning scientist Richard P. Feynman, did a credible job of grappling with the technologically difficult issues associated with the accident.

Born: 1913.

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  • Launius, Roger D, NASA Chief Historian, NASA History Office Home Page, Web Address when accessed: here.

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