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    The sentence:

    The decision had been made to go ahead with the launch, in spite of a near-disaster on an earlier Challenger flight in 1983.

    What does "on" mean there? I think it's a part of "on a flight", and is used to indicate the state or process of the flight, but I'm not confident on this one...

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    It does, but it's a bit euphemistic considering what happened to the Challenger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    It does, but it's a bit euphemistic considering what happened to the Challenger.
    Thank you, tdol.

    (What word would you use insted of "on"? "During"?)

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    They both are OK.

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