Watch The Challenger Disaster

This dramatic re-creation of the events surrounding the explosion of the Challenger spacecraft in 1986 and the subsequent intense government investigation into the tragedy earned very favorable reviews when the television movie first appeared. The cast includes Brian Dennehy as Secretary of State William Rogers, William Hurt as Richard Feynman, Joanne Whaley as Gweneth Feynman, Bruce Greenwood as General Kutyna and Eve Best as astronaut Sally Ride. Dr. Feynman spearheads an investigation following the disaster, and the plot centers around the different interpretations of results by physicists and engineers. The drama captures the tension and urgency of the investigative effort.

BBC America
1 Season, 2 Episodes
March 18, 2013
Cast: Joanne Whalley, Bruce Greenwood, William Hurt, Brian Dennehy
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  • Twenty five years after the death of the brilliant and charismatic Richard Feynman, this film explores the remarkable life of the Nobel Prize winner who was one of the greatest scientists of the 20th Century. Drawing on the BBC's earlier iconic films about Feynman and new interviews with those who lived and worked alongside him, we discover what made this extraordinary man such a genius.

  • Oscar-winning star William Hurt heads a stellar cast in this gripping drama about the brilliant US physicist Richard Feynman, who helped uncover the secrets behind the Challenger disaster of 1986. Battling politics, egos, NASA secrecy and his own quiet fight with cancer, Feynman worked tirelessly to uncover the causes of the tragic event, determined that such failures should never be repeated.

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