I assume that you mean the space shuttle
explosions, which occurred when the spacecrafts
re-entered the atmosphere. There is some research
concerning 'flame balls,' small, invisible
balls of fire that give off as much thermal power
as 1/50th of a candle. In these experiments,
oxygen is supplied via diffusion (ask your teacher
if you haven't heard that word), but is in trace
amounts on board the spacecraft.
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