Morton Thiokol Rocket Testing Facility, Promontory, Utah

A work made of chromogenic print, from the series "on this site: landscape in memoriam," edition 2 of 7.

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  • A work made of chromogenic print, from the series "on this site: landscape in memoriam," edition 2 of 7.

Date:

August 1994, printed September 1996

Artist:

Joel Sternfeld
American, born 1944

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Artist

Joel Sternfeld

Title

Morton Thiokol Rocket Testing Facility, Promontory, Utah

Origin

United States

Date

1994

Medium

Chromogenic print, from the series "On This Site: Landscape in Memoriam," edition 2 of 7

Inscriptions

Unmarked recto; inscribed verso, on mount, along bottom edge, in black ink: "2/7 JS [sic] 217.1 Morton Thiokol Rocket Testing Facility, Promontory, Utah, August 1994 N-August 1994 / P-September 1996 Joel Sternfeld" At this facility the space shuttle’s booster rockets were tested. The elastic O-rings in the booster rockets were found to malfunction in cold conditions. Unusually low temperatures were predicted for the launch of the space shuttle Challenger at Cape Kennedy on January 28, 1986. NASA and Morton Thiokol managers, under pressure to perform on schedule, approved the Challenger’s launch. Seven astronauts, including the first civilian crew member, high school teacher Christa McAuliffe, died when the main booster rocket exploded. From the series, On This Site: Landscape in Memoriam

Dimensions

47.9 x 60 (image/paper); 63.1 x 76.4 cm (mount)

Credit Line

Gift of Jeanne and Richard S. Press

Reference Number

1998.846

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