Today in 1986: The space shuttle Challenger explodes minutes after takeoff. News is that the explosion was caused by an o-ring failure.
This will be followed by a revelation that virtually every safety system in U.S. nuclear power plants uses such o-rings to prevent dangerous leaks. In 1981, the government found that viton, a material in the Challenger’s o-rings, slowly disintegrates when exposed to large amounts of radiation.
By this year, 1986, more than sixty reports have documented o-ring failure in nuclear plants.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
You still have time to recycle your unwanted holiday lights and extension cords in Middleton – at Ace Hardware, 2540 Allen Boulevard, or Wolff Kubly Ace Hardware, 6305 University Avenue. There is no cost. For more info, call Abby at 821-8343 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The City of Madison accepts holiday lights and extension cords for recycling at its drop off sites at 1501 West Badger Road and 4602 Sycamore Avenue. Persons should be prepared to provide proof of residency or property ownership. More info at cityofmadison.com/streets/recycling.
Thursday, UW-Whitewater’s Music Department presents Sweet Talk, a jazz trio based in Brooklyn, New York, who utilize their unique chemistry to explore new ground in the area between free jazz and sonic improvisation. This is Thursday at 7:30pm in the Light Recital Hall of the Greenhill Center for the Arts in Whitewater. There is a small cost for this event. Call 262-472-2222 for tickets, or purchase online at tickets.uww.edu