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Roger Boisjoly-The Challenger Disaster

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Inform Astronauts of Danger

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Question:

Morton Thiokol doesn't want to appear like a company with a flawed product, so they would prefer that Boisjoly play down the O-ring problem. While there have been a few cases of hot gas blow-by, almost twenty flights have flown successfully. Boisjoly has already written memos expressing his view of the seriousness of the joint problem. What can he do now?

Answer: Inform astronauts of danger.

No flight is imminent. Those working on the space shuttle flights have seen and fixed many potential safety problems. It is their job, and yours, to find remedies for such problems, not to bother the astronauts.

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