The Challenger

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The Challenger
The Challenger Disaster 2013.jpg
Based on
  • What Do You Care What Other People Think?
  • Truth, Lies and O-Rings
Written byKate Gartside
Directed byJames Hawes
Theme music composerChristopher Letcher
CinematographyLukas Strebel
Editor(s)Peter Christelis
Running time89 minutes
Production company(s)
Original release12 May 2013 U.K.
16 November 2013 U.S.

The Challenger (US title: The Challenger Disaster) is a 2013 TV movie starring William Hurt about Richard Feynman's investigation into the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.[1] The film was co-produced by the BBC, the Science Channel, and Open University,[2] and it premiered on 12 May 2013 on BBC2.

It is based[2] on two books:

  • Feynman, Richard; Feynman, Gweneth; Leighton, Ralph (1988). What Do You Care What Other People Think?. W. W. Norton. ISBN 0-393-02659-0.
  • McDonald, Allan J; Hansen, James R. Truth, Lies and O-Rings. ISBN 978-0813041933.

The film follows Feynman (William Hurt) as he attempts to expose the truth in the disaster.

It aired in the U.S. on the Discovery Channel and the Science Channel on November 16, 2013.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bricken, Rob. "Here's William Hurt as the legendary physicist Richard Feynman!". io9. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  2. ^ a b End credits

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