The Challenger Disaster and Big Bird

One of America’s favorite children’s characters and Sesame Street resident, Big Bird, was almost on board the ill-fated Challenger Space Shuttle during its disastrous mission in 1986. In this episode, we tell three stories: one about Big Bird, one about the Challenger, and one about how the two almost came together. Then Jim Henson fan Eric Dittelman joins us for the quick quiz!

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Carol Spinney portraying Big Bird

Henson’s original sketch of Big Bird

The Crew of STS-51-L Challenger Space Shuttle Mission. McAuliffe is pictured standing second from left.

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