Disasters in Space

Disasters in Space

  • 2016
  • 1 Season

Amazing behind-the-scenes stories of NASA catastrophes and near misses, many unknown to the public. The science of exploration is imperfect - sometimes NASA must learn the hard way: Incorrect metric conversions, reverse installations, deadly chemical spills, and a near miss that could have resulted in a massive rocket fuel explosion that could have wiped out a small town - and almost did!

Disasters in Space
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Columbia
6. Columbia
December 20, 2016
The loss of Space Shuttle Columbia stands as one of the worst disasters in spaceflight history. Go behind the scenes of the External Tank foam application process and discover why that seemingly insignificant bit of foam came off during launch, puncturing a hole in the leading edge of the wing - leading to catastrophic failure, loss of vehicle and loss of life.
Trains, Rockets, and Pains
5. Trains, Rockets, and Pains
December 13, 2016
A harrowing space mistake leaves the solid rocket boosters hanging by a thread and places the unsuspecting public in the cross hairs of more than a ton of the most explosive rocket fuel on the planet. And, a training exercise goes horribly wrong when an astronaut attempts to complete a routine requirement to be cleared for flight.
The End of Genesis
4. The End of Genesis
December 6, 2016
A spacecraft freefalls from orbit smashing into the ground when its parachute fails to deploy. Can the multi-million dollar science mission be salvaged? And, a wrong turn ruptures a costly Space Shuttle "cold plate!"
Space Shuttle Shuffle
3. Space Shuttle Shuffle
November 29, 2016
Catastrophe beckons when gears controlling a Single Point of Failure Space Shuttle landing system are installed backwards. And dispite multiple pressures, a shocking discovery causes NASA to cancel a historic launch.
Mars or Bust
2. Mars or Bust
November 22, 2016
Serious injury or loss of life threaten technicians working on the Mars Exploration Rover when a test procedure goes horribly wrong. As the clock ticks toward the critical Mars launch window, NASA scrambles to understand and fix this critical space mistake.
Return to Disaster
1. Return to Disaster
November 15, 2016
Relive the harrowing moments in Launch Control during NASA's second "Return to Flight" test flight after the tragic loss of Space Shuttle Columbia. Go behind the scenes as NASA engineers discover the frightening truth about the incident and the cascade of space mistakes that caused it.
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Amazing behind-the-scenes stories of NASA catastrophes and near misses, many unknown to the public. The science of exploration is imperfect - sometimes NASA must learn the hard way: Incorrect metric conversions, reverse installations, deadly chemical spills, and a near miss that could have resulted in a massive rocket fuel explosion that could have wiped out a small town - and almost did!Disasters in Space is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (6 episodes). The series first aired on November 15, 2016.

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  • Premiere Date
    November 15, 2016