Modern Marvels

Season 10 Episode 54

Inviting Disaster 3

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 04, 2003 on The History Channel
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Inviting Disaster 3
No program better symbolizes human mastery of machines than does the space shuttle. But the breakups of Challenger and Columbia revealed the program is tragically flawed. Based on the James Chiles's book Inviting Disaster, we look at the 1930 crash of the R-101, a dirigible which, much like Challenger, was rushed into flight and met with disaster, and the Hindenburg, whose 1937 explosion ended dreams of commercial flights for an entire industry. Will the shuttle program go the way of the dirigible?moreless

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (3)

      • In 2001, NASA considered taking Columbia out of service because it was the oldest shuttle and had the least cargo lifting capacity.

      • For the first four flights, the shuttle Columbia featured ejection seats for the two pilots. The larger crew made the ejection plan impractical.

      • The Soviet's reusable space shuttle was the Buran. It went into space one time, in 1988, with no crew on board.

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      • Cast:

        James R. Chiles
        Author, "Inviting Disaster"

        Diane Vaughan
        Sociologist, Boston College

        Dr. Bruce Murray
        Planetary Science and Geology, CalTech

        Don A. Nelson
        Space Engineer, NASA (Ret.)

        Dr. Elisabeth Pate-Cornell
        Dept. of Industrial Engineering, Stanford Univ.

        Scott Hubbard
        Columbia Accident Investigation Board

        Executive Producer: Craig Haffner
        Executive Producer: Donna E. Lusitana
        Producer: David deVries
        Writer: David de Vries
        Director: David de Vries
        Supervising Producer: Glenn Kirschbaum
        Coordinating Producer: Stanley Brown
        Coordinating Producer: Seth Isler
        Editor: Keith Baker
        Editor: Margaret Moore
        Editor: Alan Bills
        Narrator: Will Lyman
        Music: DL Music
        Series Consultant: James R. Chiles
        Researcher: Troy Barbour
        Researcher: Carolina Pacheco
        General Counsel: Shinaan S. Krakowsky
        Post Production Supervisor: Todd Carney
        Post Production Supervisor: Jason Kaifesh
        Post Production Coordinator: Georgina Lljubo
        Graphic Design: Scott Bell
        Graphic Design: Christopher Gaal
        Graphic Design: Anthony Vasquez
        Online/Composite Editor: Rod Decker
        Assistant Online Editor: Luke Szabo
        Assistant Avid Editor: Chris Worthington
        Assistant Avid Editor: Emily Ross
        Production Coordinator: Edgar Sotomayor
        Assistant Production Coordinator: Savas Georgalis
        Production Assistant: Matt Compton
        Production Assistant: Ryan Graham
        Production Assistant: Matt Laudermilk
        Motion Control Operator: Jared King
        Motion Control Operator: Dion A. Labriola
        Post Production Assistant: Jenna Bradford
        Post Production Assistant: Curt Collier
        Post Production Assistant: Erin Howie
        Post Production Assistant: Hannah Smith
        Controller: Anit Chan
        Production Accountant: Vivian Santos
        Bookeeper: Armineh Baghdasarian
        Field Camera: Jeremy Cotts
        Field Camera: Phil Gurney
        Field Camera: Michael Barry
        Field Camera: Boyd Estus
        Field Camera: Mark Stoddard
        Field Audio: Keith Barefoot
        Field Audio: John Cameron
        Field Audio: Justin Dubose
        Field Audio: Craig Gibson
        Field Audio: Steve Harris
        Field Audio: Chip Hogg
        Intern: Matt Callac
        Intern: Steve Webb
        Post Production Audio: Charles Dayton

        Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra
        Produced by Greystone Communications, INC

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