NOVA is excited to partner with organizations which share our passion for scientific discovery as we spread the word about upcoming shows. This Tuesday, October 14, NOVA takes you back to 2003 when the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas just sixteen minutes before it was due to land, killing all seven astronauts aboard. Looking back on the tragedy, NOVA probes the accident and the decisions stretching back four decades that made the tragedy almost inevitable. Through interviews with key NASA personnel who witnessed problems with the space shuttle program firsthand, we reveal the personal and professional stories behind NASA's human space exploration program. Today, as policymakers wrestle with a looming five-year "space gap" that separates the planned retirement of the shuttle from the first launch of the new Orion crew exploration vehicle, it is critical that we understand what went wrong in the past--and how to make sure it never happens again.
"Space Shuttle Disaster" premieres Tuesday, October 14 at 8pm ET/PT on most PBS stations. Please check your local listings to confirm when it will be broadcast near you:
You can visit the "Space Shuttle Disaster" Web site, where you can read about possible rescue scenarios that might have saved the Columbia crew: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/columbia