Last night, the Science Channel invited more than 400 VIPs from around the world gathered at the New York Times building in Manhattan to celebrate the premiere of The Challenger Disaster, the network’s first scripted feature film, telling the story of the Space Shuttle Challenger‘s fatal explosion in 1986.
Event attendees included Academy Award-winning actor and star of The Challenger Disaster William Hurt; the cast of Science Channels’ Oddities; Peter Facinelli of the Twilight series; Emmy Award-winning actress Ellen Barkin; Kelly Bensimon of The Real Housewives of New York and Porschla Kidd, model, actress and wife of Jason Kidd, as well as many members of the media and industry partners.
The Challenger Disaster, premiering on Discovery Channel and Science Channel on Saturday at 9pm ET/PT, dives deep into the role science played in solving the mystery behind the tragedy. William Hurt portrays celebrated, legendary Nobel-prize winning physicist Dr. Richard Feynman in the film. Following the tragic explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986, Feynman was part of a special Presidential Commission charged with determining the tragedy’s cause.
Catch the preview of The Challenger Disaster as well as some premiere photos below, and we hope you join us on Saturday!