A new musical
Written and composed by Jordan Li-Smith
"Seventy-three seconds 'till you touch the future"
Millions of Americans witnessed the NASA Shuttle orbiter Challenger lift off at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a freezing January morning in 1986. The shuttle was carrying a crew of seven, including teacher Christa McAuliffe. However, just 73 seconds into the launch, a tragic incident occurred.
In the weeks that followed, Richard Feynman, a renowned Nobel-prize physicist and member of the Rogers Commission tasked with uncovering the truth behind the accident, became increasingly suspicious of NASA and a potential cover-up.
73 Seconds questions the lengths to which humans will go to achieve progress, and raises important questions about the judgement of those in power. But at its heart, 73 Seconds is about a teacher who wanted her students to see the stars.