Skip to comments.Shuttle Tank Foam Warning Came Three Years Ago
Posted on 05/06/2003 3:11:28 PM PDT by Cincinatus
HOUSTON -- Nearly three years before Columbia launched, NASA engineers listed a host of potentially risky problems with foam insulation applied to shuttle fuel tanks at Lockheed Martin's factory near New Orleans, agency records show.
A list of "high risk" items was circulated among tank program officials in February 2000, including manufacturing processes at the Michoud Assembly Facility. That's where investigators are now probing whether application flaws caused foam debris to break away from Columbia's tank.
NASA investigators have zeroed in on wing damage from foam debris as the cause of the Feb. 1 accident that destroyed the $2 billion shuttle and killed seven astronauts. Today, the Columbia Accident Investigation Board will unveil its "working hypothesis" of what caused the ship to disintegrate after hearing testimony from a string of NASA witnesses.
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We saved the ozone layer, but destroyed the Shuttle. RIP, Columbia astronauts.
Challenger and two Titan III's were lost partially due to the replacement of asbestos-bearing putty with zinc chromate putty to seal the booster segments.
Also, the solvents and adhesives used in the booster mating procecures were changed, resulting in O-ring blowby similar to that which brought down the Challenger.
It continues to this day. NASA is a pitifull, helpless, giant...
& that Dollar under your Pillow REALLY came from the "Tooth Fairy"--
& the 6' piece of foam IMPREGNATED WITH atmospheric Water-Ice striking the Shuttle @ 260+ MPH did WHAT??--
The Columbia Crew was Doomed after Liftoff--& SOMEONE @ NASA KNEW IT!!
We SHOULD HAVE done better!
It MAY BE necessary to "Go Through" NASA "Like SH+T THROUGH A GOOSE!!"
HOW the H+ll can we go Back to the Moon--& ON TO MARS--if our "Best & Brightest" must LIE to us!!
IT IS IMPERATIVE that "W" gets "The Truth" from NASA, & IT IS IMPERATIVE that we GO BACK TO THE MOON & ON---EVEN IF "W" contain's &/or Defeats Terrorism; His Lasting Legacy will be the Human Conquest of The Moon & Mars.
Because of our current level of Technology, the Human Race MUST "GO OUT," or perish.
Despite our struggle against terrorism, "W 's" Legacy will be his willingness to fund & support Mankind's expansion to Space.
We MUST "Go to the Stars," or we Involute--& Perish!
I SINCERELY HOPE that "W" &/or his Cabinet eventually Grasp Their TRUE task in our Current Historical Context!
WE are the Culmination of "Earthlife!"
WE are the BEST CHANCE "EARTHLIFE" has produced (in known Historical Times) to establish TRUE, Self-Sustaining, off-world Colonies!
We have an HONEST SHOT at developing Self-Sustaining Colonies on the Moon & Mars!
ANY "Obstruction" to the above goals is a Ruthless attempt to END "The Human Race!!"
We Expand into Space, or we DIE!
I posted Bill Harwood's report on bonesmccoy's thread, there is a lot of good info in the preceding 3000 posts there too.
We have MUCH MORE "on the Boards" than our timid "managers" are willing to let Us Try!!
During the "Moon Launch," our Brightest Minds were allowed to overrule the "Management-Types;" I am Saying that Our Current Status Requires that We, once again, give "Free Rein" to Our "Best & Brightest;" Our Species Needs a Goal external to our current limited expectations!
According to snopercod, the Challenger and two Titan III's were lost partially due to the replacement of asbestos-bearing putty with zinc chromate putty to seal the booster segments. I imagine this was done to appease the squawking liberal enviro-scumbags who stain their panties when they hear the word "asbestos".
Snopercod also mentioned that the solvents and adhesives used in the booster mating procedures were changed, resulting in O-ring blowby similar to that which brought down the Challenger. Any bets that these changes were also made to appease these same liberal Democrat scumbags?
And then Environmental requirements required removal of freon from the process for spraying the foam insulation onto the tank. NASA admitted that the freon-free application method resulted in foam that initially did not adhere to the tank as well. They clamied that they were able to "strengthen" it, but they never claimed that they got it equal to what it was with the freon-based application. Another kowtow to the liberal Democrat scumbags.
The facts speak for themselves - - the scumbag Democrats and their environmental wacko sponsors killed seven astronauts. It's a shame nobody at NASA had the guts to tell the scumbag Democrats "no".
Now let's see if anybody at NASA or in the Republican Party has the guts to call the scumbags on the carpet for their deadly meddling.
I Believe you are EXACTLY CORRECT!!