If you were a child of the 80s, one of the first national tragedies that you ever experienced was probably sitting in your classroom, watching Christa McAuliffe, the first school teacher-turned astronaut and the rest of the Challenger crew take off on a historic space launch. 73 seconds later, the spaceship exploded, forever leaving a mark on American history and on the future of the Space Program.
Now, more than 30 years later, JJ Abrams and Netflix are teaming up to tell the story of what happened to Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnik, Mission Commander Dick Scobee, astronaut Ronald McNair, pilot Mike Smith, and astronaut Ellison Onizuka over a four-part docuseries set to hit the streaming network on September 16th.
Executive produced by J.J. Abrams and Glen Zipper, Challenger: The Final Flight is a four-part docuseries that examines the 1986 Challenger space shuttle, which tragically broke apart 73 seconds after launch as millions of Americans watched live on television. Incorporating never-before-seen interviews and rare archival material, this series offers an in-depth look at one of the most diverse crews NASA assembled, including high school teacher Christa McAuliffe, who was selected to be the first private citizen in space.