Episodes 4

September 16, 2020

The new Space Shuttle program captivates America and draws a diverse, determined crop of astronauts. But safety issues arise out of public view.

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Crew 7

Directed by: Steven Leckart, Daniel Junge

Written by: No writer has been added.

Guest Stars 34 Full Cast & Crew

  1. June Scobee Rodgers

    Self - Wife of Francis "Dick" Scobee

  2. William Harwood

    Self - Cape Canaveral Bureau Chief, UPI (1984-1992)

  3. Frederick Gregory

    Self - Astronaut, NASA (1978-1993)

  4. John Zarrella

    Self - Correspondent, CNN (1983-2014)

  5. Richard O. Covey

    Self - Astronaut, NASA (1978-1994)

  6. Steve Nesbitt

    Self - Public Affairs Officer, NASA (1980-2010)

  7. Allan McDonald

    Self - Director, Solid Rocket Booster Program (1984-1989), Morton Thiokol Corp.

  8. Richard Cook

    Self - Resource Analyst, NASA (1985-1996)

  9. Arnold Aldrich

    Self - Manager, NASA Shuttle Program (1985-1986)

  10. William Lucas

    Self - Director, NASA (1974-1986), Marshall Space Flight Center

  11. Robert Crippen

    Self - Astronaut, NASA (1969-1986)

  12. Cheryl McNair

    Self - Astronaut, NASA (1978-1997)

  13. Rhea Seddon

    Self - Astronaut, NASA (1978-1997)

  14. Kent Shocknek

    Kent Shocknek

    Self (archive footage)

  15. Deke Slayton

    Self - Former astronaut (archive footage)

  16. Roy Rogers

    Roy Rogers

    Self (archive footage)

  17. Steven Spielberg

    Steven Spielberg

    Self - Director "Close Encounters" (archive footage)

  18. Alan Lovelace

    Self - NASA Acting Administrator (archive footage)

  19. Myron Malkin

    Self - Shuttle Program Director (archive footage)

  20. Nichelle Nichols

    Nichelle Nichols

    Self (archive footage)

  21. Walter Cronkite

    Walter Cronkite

    Self (archive footage)

  22. Guion Bluford

    Self (archive footage)

  23. Gloria Steinem

    Gloria Steinem

    Self (archive footage)

  24. Leslie Serna

    Self - Senior Publications Coordinator (1983-1990), Morton Thiokol Corp.

  25. Francis Scobee

    Self (archive footage)

  26. Ellison Onizuka

    Self (archive footage)

  27. Ron McNair

    Self (archive footage)

  28. Judith Resnik

    Self (archive footage)

  29. Gregory Jarvis

    Self (archive footage)

  30. Michael J. Smith

    Self (archive footage)

  31. Christa McAuliffe

    Self (archive footage)

  32. Tom Brokaw

    Tom Brokaw

    Self (archive footage)

  33. Jesse Moore

    Self - Dir., Johnson Space Center (archive footage)

  34. Ronald Reagan

    Ronald Reagan

    Self (archive footage)

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September 16, 2020

To revive public interest, NASA chooses teacher Christa McAuliffe to be the first civilian on the Shuttle. Issues with the solid rocket boosters linger.

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September 16, 2020

After several delays, the crew prepares for launch as engineers and NASA officials tensely discuss concerns about the O-rings and a cold weather launch.

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September 16, 2020

Challenger's shocking explosion devastates the families of the crew as well as millions watching live, and an investigation puts NASA on the defensive.

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