Space Shuttle: Human Time Bomb?
Channel 4, 60 minutes
On the 1st February 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia punches through the earth’s upper atmosphere. On board seven astronauts… unaware of the events that are about to unfold. Hot gases are filling the right wing cavity and melting the aluminum structure inside. At 200,000 feet and traveling more than 14,000 miles per hour the shuttle breaks up killing all on board. In a fast-response documentary produced just five weeks after the disaster and months before NASA’s official report the film asks… was it an accident just waiting to happen?
Space Shuttle Human Time Bomb explores over 30 years of Shuttle development. Were design compromises forced by the military creating an inherently dangerous vehicle? With contributions from Shuttle engineers and scientists… the show accurately concludes what went wrong on that fateful day.