30 years ago today, 7 astronauts lost their lives when the Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into it’s launch.
In alternate history land, it’s much better, there is no space shuttle because there was no space race. Space, The Moon, and all of that was conquered by the allied forces of Nazi Europe Individualized Nations. The Communist States of America tried to go up there, but they just didn’t have the talent. By the time they had enough rockets built up, there was already private Eruopean Companies with satellites up there. However, that didn’t stop the CSA from launching their own.
No, 30 years ago today marks The Challenger crisis. The CSA and the NEIN were constantly going back and forth among themselves to one-up each other. Eventually the CSA went a step too far. The attempted to hijack a private satellite that they claimed was entering into their “space”. It turns out that the satellite was owned by the 7th intelligence branch of the NEIN government. On this satellite was experimental technology that messed with the weather, and the satellite was part of the Challenger project, which was an investigation into if strange weather patterns could fool the populace into believing that aliens were about to land. That story is for another day.
The Challenger Crisis revolves around the satellites in play. The CSA threatened to blow the NEIN d-7 challenger out of the sky. NEIN was forced to admit that this satellite contained dangerous radioactive elements and if tampered with could seriously damage space communications, of which the world was heavily dependent on. The stalemate lasted 2 full days before NEIN d-7 was able to covertly launch a drone satellite from The Moon to capture challenger and move it into sovereign space above Moon Base Querrel. But for those 2 days the world was on edge, worried about an outbreak of WW3. Thankfully, nothing came of it except for black and blue on the NEIN d-7 branch, but they’re used to things like that.
Back in our land, here’s a video of Red Huber who was there photographing the launch for the Orlando Sentinel.