Recently I’ve been watching these top 10 and top 15 lists, and some of them led me to some horror stories in the history of our space programs. It’s worth noting because even with Grubbian physics, some of these dangers are still a potential risk for spelljammers. And certainly the legacy of surviving those sorts of risks is something we, as fans of space travellers, should remember. I’ll be posting a series of these over the next few days, so if you have a weak stomach, you may want to avoid this series.
Of course there were just as many American disasters as there were Russian ones. I remember watching the Challenger disaster live in my school classroom. And in 2003, the Columbia was destroyed on re-entry, shelving the space shuttle program. Here are the final minutes before the signal was lost on re-entry captured on video: