Sponsor: "Challenger: An American Tragedy" by Hugh Harris

Twenty-eight years ago, the space shuttle Challenger launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Seventy-three seconds later, a stunned nation watched as flames engulfed the craft, killing all seven crewmembers on board. It was Hugh Harris, “the voice of launch control,” whom audiences across the country heard counting down to lift-off on that fateful day. In Challenger: An American Tragedy, Harris presents the story of the tragedy as only an insider can, with a by-the-second account of the launch and a comprehensive overview of the ensuing investigation.

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