2011's 25 geekiest 25th anniversaries

By Paul McNamara, Network World |  Security, Apple, IBM

Challenger disaster kills 7

NASA officials didn't heed the warnings of their engineers, so seven astronauts lost their lives, and O-ring entered the lexicon on Jan. 28, 1986. From Wikipedia: "NASA managers had known that contractor Morton Thiokol's design of the (solid rocket boosters) contained a potentially catastrophic flaw in the O-rings since 1977, but they failed to address it properly. They also disregarded warnings from engineers about the dangers of launching posed by the low temperatures of that morning and had failed to adequately report these technical concerns to their superiors."

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