RetroReport: Go or No Go - The Challenger Legacy (website)

Mirror Mirror Productions / Retro Report   |   USA

On January 28, 1986, seven astronauts "slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God." America's space program was never the same. Those who saw it never forgot: the Space Shuttle Challenger launched on January 28, 1986 only to break apart 73 seconds later, killing seven astronauts, including the first "teacher in space" Christa McAuliffe. Retro Report revisits the tragic event and the 2003 Columbia disaster through interviews with key participants, and explores the forces that lead groups within large organizations to make dreadfully wrong decisions. The archival footage in this web report is the central player in the narrative of the story. Unlike many reports that use archival footage as a minor participant, this piece relies on it to convey the sights, sounds, feelings and tragedy of this momentous event. The footage is seamlessly edited together in a way that makes the viewer feel they are watching the events unfold in real time and the heart-stopping emotions are almost as real as they were on that fateful day.