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+ - Reagan's Order to Launch the Challenger

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Baldrson
Baldrson writes "Of his new book "Challenger Revealed: An Insider's Account of How the Reagan Administration Caused the Greatest Tragedy of the Space Age", author Richard C. Cook, NASA analyst, says: "...the (Presidential) Commission claimed there was no political pressure from outside NASA to launch Challenger, which my book shows conclusively to be false." Others have documented the role of the four Morton Thiokol engineers who opposed the launch of the Challenge, but this is the first book to focus on the choice facing the administration of NASA. Either, 1) Defy their chain of command going all the way to the White House on the eve of a State of the Union Address or 2) Throw a pair of dice claiming it won't come up 7 dead astronauts."

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