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Roger Boisjoly-The Challenger Disaster

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Take Concerns to the Top

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Question:

Contrary to everyone's expectations, it is now predicted that the next day's temperature in Florida will exceed the record cold experienced the previous year. The next day is the day scheduled for the Challenger flight. Boisjoly is firmly convinced that this extreme weather condition presents a major threat to the capacity of the O-ring seals to perform their function, and thus to the survival of the flight crew. Time is short. What actions are appropriate to take in such a situation?

Answer: Take concerns to the top.

Yes, and if possible, take others with you who appreciate the situation.

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