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Bob Ebeling spent 30 years of his life feeling guilty over his inability to avert the explosion that destroyed the space shuttle Challenger in 1986. In 1986, Ebeling was a booster rocket engineer at NASA contractor Morton Thiokol. He and several colleagues were worried that cold temperatures the night before the Challenger was set to launch could harm the O-ring seals and allow burning fuel to damage the spacecraft. He warned officials and asked them to delay the launch, but NASA went forward with it, and the shuttle exploded. Ebeling’s daughter Leslie Serna said her father felt extremely guilty until the last few weeks before his death. After a story appeared on the 30th anniversary of the disaster, hundreds of people called Ebeling and sent him letters supporting him, even though he could not avert the disaster. Serna said, that support helped her father find the forgiveness he needed. She said, “It was like the world gave him permission, they said, “OK, you did everything you could possibly do, you’re a good person.” —Jim L. Wilson & Jim Sandell

Man Who Predicted Challenger Explosion Disaster Dies, Hallie Golden,, Accessed March 24, 2016.

Psalm 25:11 (HCSB) “Because of Your name, Yahweh, forgive my sin, for it is great.”

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