AUBURN – Auburn University history professor and Honors College director James R. Hansen of Auburn University and Allan J. McDonald, former director of the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Motor Project for Morton-Thiokol Inc., will receive the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 2011 Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award for their book, “Truth, Lies and O-Rings: Inside the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster.” The book was published by the University Press of Florida in 2009.
AUBURN – Twenty-three years after the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, Auburn University Professor and author James Hansen has helped produce a compelling book recounting exactly why the U.S. space program’s first fatal in-flight accident occurred.
Hansen, professor of history and director of Auburn’s Honors College, teamed up to write the new 626-page book “Truth, Lies, and O-Rings: Inside the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster” with Allan McDonald. McDonald was an engineer who warned NASA officials that Challenger’s solid rocket motor could explode at ignition if launched that very cold morning on Jan. 28, 1986.
In the book, which was just released by the University Press of Florida, Hansen assists McDonald in telling how his words of warning were ignored and the fateful consequences of that decision.