The previous evening Boisjoly and Ebeling had spent six hours in teleconference with Nasa managers arguing that the Challenger launch should be delayed. The two men had been told that the temperature in Florida was plummeting to below freezing and had been instantly concerned about whether their rockets would perform properly in such conditions.
They appeared to be winning the argument - until their own managers turned against them and gave Nasa the recommendation they appeared to want: to launch.
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