A mere 73 seconds after liftoff, the crew of the Challenger shuttle felt an almighty jolt. And from that moment, it’s alleged, the seven ill-fated voyagers were all too aware of their spacecraft’s subsequent downwards trajectory. It’s also possible that those on board only died when they crashed into the ocean – but that NASA tried to circulate a different version of events.
In the aftermath of World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union emerged as the two dominant global powers. However, the countries upheld very different ideologies; while America championed capitalism, the Soviets subscribed to communism. And it was these two differing viewpoints that saw the nations enter into the so-called Cold War.
By the mid-20th century the situation between the United States and the Soviet Union had become precarious. Both of the nations were stockpiling arms – including nuclear weapons – and they were also each involved in a proxy war in Korea. During the conflict there, America backed the capitalist South, while its Soviet counterparts supported the socialist North.