Space Shuttles Challenger and Columbia (Available Soon)

Limited Edition to 25 prints.
A3 size (297 x 420mm). Full bleed (no margins).
Printed on 300g/m2 Tom&Otto Silk archival quality paper (ISO 9706).
Hand-signed and numbered.
Sold unframed.

This poster is part of a series featuring NASA’s Space Shuttles. 7 stars above each Space Shuttle’s name remember the 14 astronauts whom lost their lives in both disasters.

This art print is under production and will be available soon


This Poster remembers the ill-fated Space Shuttles Challenger (Orbiter Vehicle Designation OV-099) and Columbia (OV-102).

The Space Shuttle Challenger was lost on 28th January 1986. Just 73 seconds into mission STS 51-L, a solid rocket booster failure caused a mid-flight explosion that resulted in the loss of all 7 crew members and the orbiter itself. Later investigations found the booster failure was caused by an O-ring seal breach due to cold weather conditions at launch. The pressurised burning gas escaping the booster would have caused it to separate from its attachment, causing the structural failure of the external tank and the destruction of the orbiter by violent aerodynamic forces. It is thought crew members may have survived the initial breakup of the spacecraft, but the impact of the crew compartment with the ocean surface was too violent to be survivable. 

The Space Shuttle Columbia disaster occurred on 1st February 2003, during reentry in Earth’s atmosphere, killing all 7 astronauts of mission STS-107 on board. It was later revealed the accident causes dated back to the lift off two weeks earlier, when a small portion of foam broke away from the external fuel tank and hit the shuttle’s left wing. The sustained damage created a hole in the wing’s leading edge, which later caused the vehicle to break apart when exposed to the brutal forces of reentry.

[sources: NASA – Challenger, NASA – Columbia and Wikipedia – Challenger, Wikipedia – Columbia]