To: DoughtyOne; Fred Mertz; TLBSHOW; Jael; fooman
I couldn't understand why so many FReepers were so critical of statements like yours. They seemed probably correct to me at the time. Now that their truth has been confirmed, I wonder if any of those FReepers will bother to apologize.
In defense of those who were upset at my comments, there are some people who always jump to conclusions incorrectly. It's sometimes hard to differentiate between valid extrapolations and the rantings of a malcontent.
When I heard that NASA had been 'running the numbers for two weeks' to see if the foam did any harm, yet there was never any attempt to photograph the leading edge of the wing or have the crew inspect it, I knew we were in trouble.
Two weeks of number crunching translated into grave concern to me. And despite this grave concern, NASA either failed to instruct the crew to inspect, or didn't have the ability to instruct them to inspect. Either way this was a mission critical event in my mind. Not attempting to photograph was another mission critical event to me. Failing to execute either of these possibilities, precluded any attempt at rescue. This was a position I couldn't fathom that NASA would ever put their crews into. Warning bells went off.
As NASA management tried to explain away any concerns that they may have underestimated the dangers, or failed to devise adequate contingency plans, my concerns became more defined.
NASA in it's opening statements addressed just about every critical question. Anotherwords, they knew the obvious questions and that they were exposed on those issues. They had no choice but to address them. But these questions wouldn't simply occur to them unless... unless they had been going over them point by point for days, perhaps weeks.
The detailed denials and explaning away that took place in that first press conference didn't seem like something that would come together in only a few hours with crisis conditions, personal losses and shock as detracting factors.
To me it seemed obvious these guys were deep in CYA territory from the get go.
From the first few days.......
Posted on 02/02/2003 9:35 PM EST
Astronauts doomed from the start
THE seven astronauts on space shuttle Columbia may have been doomed in the first moments after they were shot into space 16 days ago.
NASA officials are investigating whether loose foam from an external tank that struck Columbia's left wing during takeoff contributed to its disintegration under the stress of re-entering the Earth's atmosphere one of the most dangerous parts of any shuttle mission. The last words between mission control at Houston and shuttle commander Rick Husband gave no clue of impending disaster:
Mission control: "Columbia, Houston, we see your tyre pressure messages and we did not copy your last."
Cdr Husband: "Roger, but . . ." No more was heard.
PHILLIP COOREY and ANNA COCK http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/834641/posts
posted on 05/30/2003 5:23:08 AM PDT
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