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John Kolander

in Sioux Falls United States

John Kolander currently works for The Good Samaritan Society National campus in Sioux Falls as a licensed Architect and Project Manager Territory Consultant. He is responsible for the design and construction of building projects in the six states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Oregon and the state of Washington, which includes a total of over 50 facilities and campuses. But his true passion has always been with the space program and anything that has to do with Astronomy and Aerospace. And even today still enjoys building and launching rockets of his own whenever time and weather allow.

Married 40 years to his wife Barbara, John and his family have lived in Sioux Falls for almost ten years and this is now home.

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The Space Shuttle Challenger - What Went Wrong?!

BY JOHN KOLANDER
@ VOL 14 ON JUN 05, 2015

"The problem was they had already had failures previous to this, and they kept launching when they shouldn't have."

In The Space Shuttle Challenger - What Went Wrong?! from Sioux Falls Vol. 14, former Nasa technician John Kolander talks about the tragic Challenger disaster that occurred January 28th, 1986 and his perspective while working from the Launch Control Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base. In this stoic presentation, Kolander recollects that heavy moment, systematically breaking down in simple terms the chain of events that when wrong.

Revisit the tragedy that broke our hearts but not our spirits, and reflect on the those that gave their lives in our ongoing reach for the stars and beyond.



Revist the tragedy that broke our hearts but not our spirits, and reflect on the those that gave their lives in our ongoing reach for the stars. 

Married 40 years to his wife Barbara, John and his family have lived in Sioux Falls for almost ten years and this is now home.