On January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger launched into the sky, with thousands of eyes from homes and schools across America watching in great anticipation.
It was supposed to be the first time a private citizen — and not just anyone, but a school teacher, Christa McAuliffe — made it into space.
Executive produced by J.J. Abrams and Glen Zipper, Netflix’s Challenger: The Final Flight revisits the tragedy that occurred that day in four parts.
It also dives into the creation of the U.S. Space Shuttle program, which launched its first crew into space just five years before the Challenger met its end.
The next episode focuses on Christa McAuliffe and her journey to become the first average citizen in space.
The Final Flight spotlights interviews from a variety of subjects, from NASA employees who prepared for the launch to journalists who investigated the aftermath of the disaster.
At its core, The Final Flight presents a moving legacy for the brave crew members who died in the U.S.'s most notable space tragedy.
The featured individual perspectives, in combination with the big picture angles, make The Final Flight feel complete.
This is furthered by glossy camera angles and carefully selected archival footage, which help The Final Flight stand out from reflections on the Challenger disaster you might find in textbooks or through cable news specials.
But at its core, The Final Flight presents a moving legacy for the brave crew members who died in the U.S.'s most notable space tragedy.
Whether you remember where you were when the Challenger disaster occurred or simply want to look back upon it, The Final Flight is there to fill you in on all the details — even those that are more commonly overlooked.
Challenger: The Final Flight is now streaming on Netflix.
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