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Publication Date: April 1986

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Milton R. Copulos

Topic: Science and technology (Astronomy and space science and technology)

Keywords: Regulation

Type: Report


The January 28th explosion of the Challenger Space Shuttle and the death of its seven-member crew dealt the U.S. space program the most serious setback in its quarter-century history. The Challenger tragedy was America's first in-flight loss of life. It destroyed one-fourth of the Space Shuttle fleet. And it grounded Challenger's sister spacecraft. Despite this, there has been a remarkable declaration of national resolve not to allow the disaster to block America's future in space. But admirable though this expression of national will certainly is, more than money and a ''can do" attitude is needed to get the space program back on course.