Friday, June 25, 2010

Close calls and near disasters of space flight.

I posted an earlier version of this chart a long time ago, but just saw there is a new updated chart out.  The chart shows incidents, accidents and near disasters of the manned space program.  Lunar, orbital, and near orbital flights are listed.  Most of the problems were minor, but the yellow items are where the crews were lost.  Fascinating chart to study closely.   Reminds me of quote:
 "If we die, we want people to accept it. We're in a risky business, and we hope that if anything happens to us it will not delay the program. The conquest of space is worth the risk of life. -- Gus Grissom (Commander of Apollo 1, died in fire January 27, 1967)

(Thanks to Robert Perlman for posting this on

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