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Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster Archive

Columbia on the Net ( acknowledged)


1 posted on 01/31/2013 8:17:34 PM PST by Pyro7480
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To: SunkenCiv; KevinDavis

Space ping!

2 posted on 01/31/2013 8:20:37 PM PST by Pyro7480 (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: Pyro7480

I remember that morning following the live thread here on FR. FReepers across the world tracked it coming in and realized that the shuttle had broken up somewhere between Hawaii and the Mainland (IIRC). LIke so many things, you’ll hear it here first.


3 posted on 01/31/2013 8:23:50 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth
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To: Pyro7480; bonesmccoy; All
God rest their souls, and salve their families and friends.

I recall joining with a great bunch of FReepers on a thread Observation on TPS damage on Orbiter started and monitored by bonesmccoy that pretty well dissected the wing burn-through. A lot of the original pictures and diagrams are lost, but the descriptions tell the tale.

Thanks to all for the information and education - something FR is so good at.

11 posted on 02/01/2013 12:30:19 AM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: Pyro7480
Also found the following IN CABIN VIDEO of the crew of Columbia as they are starting their de-orbit ride. It was provided by NASA and runs about 13 minutes showing the early part of the flight.
Inside Space Shuttle Columbia STS-107 During The Accident

Uploaded on Jul 25, 2011

On February 1, Space Shuttle Columbia was destroyed in a disaster that claimed the lives of all seven of its crew. This video is from inside the crew cabin of Space Shuttle Columbia as it begins its re-entry and contains approximately an extra 5 minutes of footage not seen elsewhere.

While February 1 was an occasion for mourning, the efforts that ensued can be a source of national pride. NASA publicly and forthrightly informed the nation about the accident and all the associated information that became available. The Columbia Accident Investigation Board was established within two hours of the loss of signal from the returning spacecraft in accordance with procedures established by NASA following the Challenger accident 17 years earlier.

The crew members lost that morning were explorers in the finest tradition, and since then, everyone associated with the Board has felt that we were laboring in their legacy. NASA and the Columbia Investigation Board (CAIB) sought to discover the conditions that produced this tragic outcome and to share those lessons in such a way that this nationʼs space program will emerge stronger and more sure-footed. If those lessons are truly learned, then Columbiaʼs crew will have made an indelible contribution to the endeavor each one valued so greatly.

The Orbiterʼs destruction, just 16 minutes before scheduled touchdown, shows that space flight is still far from routine. It involves a substantial element of risk, which must be recognized, but never accepted with resignation. The seven Columbia astronauts believed that the risk was worth the reward.

Additionally, you can follow Wayne Hale of NASA (he was the Space Shuttle Program Manager or Deputy for 5 years, a Space Shuttle Flight Director for 40 missions) at his blog, Wayne Hale's Blog via Wordpress. Lots of good detail of the NASA back-story. Enjoy.

12 posted on 02/01/2013 1:23:50 AM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: Pyro7480; TLBSHOW
Was Kalpana Chawla an Indian citizen when she died? I thought she was U.S.

Updating self from 2003 FR thread (thanks for links, FRiends), courtesy of FReeper TLBSHOW:


Kalpana Chawla, an aerospace engineer and commercial pilot, was on her second space shuttle flight, having been a mission specialist in 1996, logging more than 376 hours in space. [Previous shuttle mission in 1998. -- LG]

Born in Karnal, India, she studied in the United States, and received her doctorate from the University of Colorado.

She started working for NASA in 1988, studying powered-lift computational fluid dynamics. Her research concentrated on simulation of complex air flows encountered around aircraft.

Chawla joined the astronaut program in 1994.

So there's the 411, minus the inappropriate comments AP stuck in a wire report at the time.

13 posted on 02/01/2013 3:13:20 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: Pyro7480

The U.S. Space Shuttle Columbia was destroyed during orbital re-rentry on 1 February 2003 ...

because foam (SOFI) from the External Tank (ET) severely damaged the ceramic thermal protection tiles on the orbiter Columbia ... during the launch phase ...

The nation wept and mourned the Columbia's loss ...

Congressional hearings were conducted ... to learn the "truth" about this tragedy could have been avoided ...

The "only" problem was back in 1988 ... an Aerospace Mechanical Engineer ... at the New Orleans Michoud Facility ... collected data from 30 External Tanks that had been built ...

and discovered and then ACCURATELY PREDICTED to Martin-Marietta Aerospace ... and NASA ...

that someday "weak" SOFI foam would fall from an External Tank during a Space Shuttle launch phase ...

DAMAGE the CERMAMIC TILES on the Orbiter's underside ...

resulting in the Orbiter's fiery DESTRUCTION upon re-rentry ...

just like the Space Shuttle Columbia would do 15 years later ...

Of course, some called that Aerospace Mechanical Engineer ... a "hater" ... "deluded" ... and his data analysis a "crock of shit" ...

and of course ... he was duly rewarded by NASA for his warnings by being FIRED in 1988 ...

Certainly that engineer was a man of knowledge, and at least for that moment, exhibiting a glimmer of "courage" ... in the face of professional and career disaster ...

I am he ... Free Republic's "Patton@Baston"

And I stand tonight ... (written in October 2012) unapologetic at my dire warnings about "Myth" Romney ...

knowing ... thjat just as with my accurate warnings about a destroyed Space Shuttle Orbiter ...

I am also quite "correct" in my warings about ...

Myth Romney ("Celestial God-Child from Planet Kolob") ...

In conclusion ... what ultimately destroyed the space shuttle Columbia ?

NASA and Lockheed-Martin Corporate career-climbing "Management Drones" worshiping at the altar of Man-Made Global Warming and other such unscientific nonsense.

These fools forced the substitution of the "original" SOFI material with a "green" alternative on the space shuttle engineers.

The only question is "how many" decent Engineers were blackmailed or forced to falsify data on how the "Green SOFI" wasn't worth a damn.

And what may ultimately destroy the United States Constitutional Republic ?

The "Wanna-Be-Dictator-for-Life" Obama ... and those Republican Party RINOs who prefer invitations to Washington's "best" parties to keep their beautiful wives and mistresses happily entertained ...

while those same Republican RINO sellouts give free-reign to Obama's Godless-Socialist thugs as they burn our beloved Constitution in a back-lot garbage dumpster ...




15 posted on 02/01/2013 5:09:02 AM PST by Patton@Bastogne (Piss upon Obama, and his False Prophet Mohammed)
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To: Pyro7480

I will never forget this uneccessary tragedy, caused by politically correctr NASA’s cave-in to the enviro mice. The people responsible for the use of the “green” foam on this shuttle mission should have been tried for murder.

17 posted on 02/01/2013 9:46:22 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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