‘Challenger: The Final Flight’ Trailer: J.J. Abrams’ Netflix Docuseries Looks at the Tragic 1986 NASA Disaster


Watch the trailer for Challenger: The Final Flight, a J.J. Abrams-exec produced Netflix docuseries looking at the tragic 1986 Challenger space shuttle disaster.

Millions were tuned in watching as the shuttle launched and blew apart 73 seconds later, killing all seven of its crew members. Never-before-seen interviews, training footage and archival material provide a thorough and what looks like highly-poignant look at the diverse NASA crew that perished, as well as the organisational culture at NASA at the time and the decision-making processes found to be key factors leading to the accident.

The four-part docuseries, directed by Daniel Junge (Being Evel) and Steven Leckart (What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali), will be streaming on Netflix from September 16th.

Official synopsis for Challenger: The Final Flight:

Executive produced by J.J. Abrams and Glen Zipper, CHALLENGER: THE FINAL FLIGHT is a four-part docuseries that examines the 1986 Challenger space shuttle, which tragically broke apart 73 seconds after launch as millions of Americans—many of them schoolchildren— watched live on television. The series offers an in-depth look at one of the most diverse crews NASA assembled, including high school teacher Christa McAuliffe, who was selected to be the first private citizen in space.

Conversations with the crew’s surviving family members help create a poignant and relatable portrait of the astronauts. Directors Steven Leckart and Daniel Junge also delve into the “fatally flawed decision process” and mechanical failures that led to the disaster, interviewing former NASA officials and engineers who worked on the failed booster engine and had repeated concerns about its safety.

CHALLENGER: THE FINAL FLIGHT incorporates never-before-seen interviews, training footage and rare archival material to give viewers the most unfiltered, emotional behind-the-scenes look at these events to date.




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