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Challenger disaster: Engineering and psychology research paper topics

On Jan. 28, 1986, NASA faced its first shuttle disaster, the loss of the Challenger orbiter and its seven-astronaut crew. (Credit: NASA)

On Jan. 28, 1986, NASA faced its first shuttle disaster, the loss of the Challenger orbiter and its seven-astronaut crew. (Credit: NASA)

The tragedy of the space shuttle Challenger exploding after launch in 1986 was the topic of a recent Science Channel movie aptly called The Challenger Disaster. But the real tragedy, as the movie and recent science articles depict, was the bureaucratic gridlock that almost prevented the true cause of the malfunction from being discovered. Engineering students looking for good research paper topics may want to explore the science involved in the malfunction. Psychology and government majors could examine the group-think that permeates large organizations and hampers investigations when things go wrong. Read more