On January 28, 1986, its flight shuttle lasted only 73 seconds Exploded and killed Seven crew members were on board as the world watched in horror.
The crew were Five NASA astronauts and two payload experts: Commander Francis R. Scoby, pilot Michael J. Smith was assisted by mission specialists Ronald McNair, Ellison Onisuka and Judith Resnik, payload experts Gregory Jarvis and Christa McAuliffe.
In the four-part series, the audience learns who these brave individuals are, what caused the crash and how the Challenger’s story serves as a warning story of space travel and exploration.
“Telling the stories of astronauts and their families is really the motivation of this series,” executive producer Glenn Zipper told Fox News.
“One of the few things that has united us in our recent history is our imagination for space exploration,” he said. “We thought that telling this story now might remind us, we have things in common … and the privatization of space with Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and SpaceX is still the next frontier and The Danger is still there. So this series also serves as a warning story not to repeat the same mistakes. . “
Dick Scoby’s widow, June Scoby Rodgers, is also featured in the series, and she hopes viewers will see “Challenger astronauts as real human beings.”
“They are husband, wife, parents, children,” he told Fox News. “They are a wonderful group representing all religions and cultures.”
Although it is painful for Scoby Rodgers to recall those memories, she also feels that “it was a great pleasure to see my husband launch that spacecraft and be the commander of the aircraft at the peak of his career.”
Since the death of her husband, she has been able to forgive the “cause of the accident” as she progressed with her life.
“If you do not forgive, you will not be able to move forward in your life. You are stuck in a place of anger or sadness … So, I began to turn that grief into a creative force. Continuing Challenger Center [their] “We wanted the children to enjoy our loved ones risking their lives.”
“Challenger: The Final Flight” is now available on Netflix.
Ashley Dwarkin of Fox News contributed to this report.