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  • NASA to Delay Space Shuttle Launch

    04/28/2005 6:57:38 PM PDT · by anymouse · 16 replies · 517+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4/28/05 | Irene Klotz
    NASA plans to delay the launch of space shuttle Discovery, the first shuttle set to fly since the 2003 Columbia accident, from May until July, an official familiar with NASA's timetable said on Thursday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the decision was made by NASA's new administrator, Michael Griffin, and would be formally announced on Friday. The U.S. space agency on Thursday temporarily halted preparations for Discovery's launch while managers debated nagging concerns that debris could damage the spacecraft during liftoff. Shuttle program managers met at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to talk about the likelihood...
  • Fear of Reprisals

    04/19/2005 2:13:35 PM PDT · by SuziQ · 21 replies · 565+ views
    The Daily Press (Hampton Roads VA) ^ | April 17, 2005 | Dave Schleck
    HAMPTON -- Gerry Brown says there is a chill in the air at NASA Langley Research Center. People are afraid to talk, he says - afraid that if they express concerns about safety, they'll suffer the same fate he did.
  • NASA Identifies Foam Flaw That Killed Astronauts

    08/13/2004 3:36:38 PM PDT · by ZGuy · 68 replies · 1,798+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 8/13/04 | Broward Liston
    The foam that struck the space shuttle Columbia soon after liftoff -- resulting in the deaths of seven astronauts -- was defective, the result of applying insulation to the shuttle's external fuel tank, NASA said on Friday. The official investigation into the accident, conducted by the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, left the matter open, since none of the foam or the fuel tank could be recovered for study. A suitcase-sized chunk of foam from an area of the tank known as the left bipod, one of three areas where struts secure the orbiter to the fuel tank during liftoff, broke...
  • NASA Ponders Shuttle Flight Without Two Key Changes

    06/19/2004 7:49:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies · 198+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 6/19/04 | Broward Liston - Reuters
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - NASA (news - web sites) is considering whether it can return its space shuttles to flight without making two safety improvements that have so far proved to be high hurdles for agency engineers, top officials said on Friday. After the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas last year and killed the seven astronauts aboard, the Columbia Accident Investigation Board drafted a lengthy list of ambitious reforms. Among other proposals, the board recommended NASA come up with a way to repair damage to the leading edge of a shuttle's wing, such as the kind that doomed...
  • Columbia's final minutes, in detail

    01/27/2004 12:33:35 PM PST · by Gang of Five · 21 replies · 256+ views
    Newday ^ | 1/27/04 | Michael Cabbage and William Harwood
    Columbia's Final Minutes The second-by-second account of the shuttle's last minutes By Michael Cabbage and William Harwood January 27, 2004 EDITOR'S NOTE: From "Comm Check ... The Final Flight of Shuttle Columbia," by Michael Cabbage and William Harwood, which is being published Tuesday by Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster. Cabbage is the space editor of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel; Harwood is a veteran space reporter for CBS News. Printed by permission. "The most complicated machine ever built got knocked out of the sky by a pound and a half of foam. I don't know how any of...
  • Shuttle Columbia Widows Recall Husbands

    01/26/2004 11:48:32 AM PST · by anymouse · 7 replies · 169+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 26, 2004 | PAM EASTON
    Speaking at the church where they have found solace since space shuttle Columbia broke apart, two widows of the astronauts said Sunday that their husbands followed their dreams into space. "The very first thing that captured Rick's imagination when he was 4 was when they placed man on the moon," said shuttle commander Rick Husband's wife, Evelyn. "He was so excited about that." Husband spoke alongside Sandy Anderson, wife of Columbia astronaut Michael Anderson, at Grace Community Church in Houston. Husband said she thinks President Bush's plan announced earlier this month to return man to the moon and go eventually...
  • NASA Docks Contractor (United Space Alliance) $45.2 Million for Columbia

    01/26/2004 11:42:45 AM PST · by anymouse · 5 replies · 174+ views
    USA Today ^ | 1/23/04 | Traci Watson
    <p>NASA penalized the contractor that maintains and operates the space shuttle fleet $45.2 million for its role in the shuttle Columbia accident, according to a letter NASA released Thursday.</p> <p>The United Space Alliance, a partnership of Boeing and Lockheed Martin, had to forfeit the money even though NASA said the contractor did nothing specific to cause the accident.</p>
  • Spacehab Files Shuttle Claim Against NASA

    01/20/2004 1:12:10 PM PST · by anymouse · 3 replies · 174+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jan 20, 2004
    Spacehab Inc., a maker of living modules for the U.S. space shuttle, filed an $87.7 million formal claim against NASA on Tuesday for equipment destroyed during the Columbia disaster, citing the findings of the investigation board. Spacehab, which had filed a draft claim in July, said it revised its newest claim to incorporate the findings of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board report. The CAIB said in August that NASA officials missed eight chances to address fears that falling insulation foam may have damaged the shuttle, which broke apart over Texas last Feb. 1, killing all seven astronauts aboard. The foam...
  • Beyond the Moon: Inside Bush's Space Plan

    01/14/2004 8:13:24 PM PST · by anymouse · 8 replies · 315+ views
    United Press International ^ | Wednesday, January 14, 2004 | FRANK SIETZEN JR. AND KEITH L. COWING
    The inside story of President Bush's space initiative. The Bush administration's new policy for America's space program represents the product of a year of difficult choices and balanced risk, designed to create a comprehensive approach to human exploration of the solar system. Developing this policy -- contrary to what some outside the process have suggested -- took a careful, deliberate and quiet effort. It also is the result of the aftereffects of a crisis that struck at the very core of the space program. United Press International interviewed senior administration sources for these articles, including participants at meetings. Based on...
  • Shuttle's Return May Wait Longer

    10/02/2003 12:35:20 PM PDT · by anymouse · 19 replies · 121+ views
    USA Today ^ | 10/2/03 | Traci Watson
    The space shuttle Atlantis, which was supposed to fly the first shuttle mission after the Columbia accident, may be grounded until late October 2004 because its nose wasn't thoroughly inspected during a recent overhaul, shuttle engineers said Wednesday. A prolonged grounding of Atlantis could make it difficult for NASA to return to flight next year because only a few launch dates are available from mid-October of 2004 until the end of the year. The misunderstanding of the Atlantis inspection raises new questions about how much the agency knows about its inspections and the accuracy of its record-keeping. Shuttle managers thought...
  • Space Station No 'Accident Waiting to Happen'- NASA

    09/29/2003 6:59:08 PM PDT · by anymouse · 6 replies · 163+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9/29/03 | Broward Liston
    NASA defended the International Space Station on Monday from a stinging rebuke by a safety expert who said the same inattention to safety that doomed the shuttle also lurked in the orbital platform. "I do not consider the space station an accident waiting to happen," said Bill Gerstenmaier, the space station program's manager. But he acknowledged mistakes had been made on both the Russian and U.S. sides of the station. Last week, a departing member of the NASA Safety Advisory Board, Arthur Zygielbaum, said the space station program had safety problems equal to that of the breakaway foam that doomed...
  • NASA safety panel members all resign

    09/23/2003 10:10:15 AM PDT · by Brian S · 9 replies · 112+ views
    <p>Nine experts on a NASA space safety advisory panel have resigned in the wake of sharp criticism from the Columbia accident investigation board and by Congress, the space agency said Tuesday.</p> <p>The members of the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel and two staff members of the panel sent letters of resignation to NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe.</p>
  • NASA Begins Storing Shuttle Debris

    09/10/2003 9:40:07 PM PDT · by anymouse · 2 replies · 148+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Wed Sep 10, 2003 | MIKE SCHNEIDER
    Workers at Kennedy Space Center are packing up the 84,000 pieces of the space shuttle Columbia for storage. But unlike debris from the Challenger, some remnants will be available to researchers and perhaps someday put on display in a museum. "The overall goal ... was to make Columbia available to do further science and research, not only by the shuttle community but other contractors, universities and scientists," said Scott Thurston, who was the vehicle manager for Columbia. NASA (news - web sites) hasn't decided whether any pieces of the shuttle will ultimately be given to the Smithsonian National Air and...
  • "Not Culture but Perhaps a Cult", Op Ed on NASA and the Shuttle by Homer Hickam

    08/31/2003 1:57:37 PM PDT · by anymouse · 12 replies · 190+ views ^ | Friday, August 29, 2003 | Homer Hickam
    At the end of the movie "October Sky" which was based on my memoir Rocket Boys, there is a dramatic launch of the Space Shuttle. The director of the film wanted to show the transition from my small amateur rockets in West Virginia to the huge professional rockets of NASA as a metaphor for my own transition from coal-town boy to big-time space engineer. The scene works wonderfully. When I was at the Venice Film Festival, the audience rose to their feet after this scene and applauded me while tears streamed down their faces. When I go to the Cape...
  • FOIA Request Uncovers Previously Unknown NASA Accident Investigation Website

    08/29/2003 12:24:15 AM PDT · by anymouse · 2 replies · 223+ views ^ | Thursday, August 28, 2003 | Keith Cowing
    NASA recently posted a series of emails sent to officials of the NASA Headquarters Office of Safety and Mission Assurance in response to a Freedom of Information Act Request. Among the emails released are several which make mention of a closed, members-only website called "107 Team". This closed site was designed, according to an invitation email message (below) sent only hours after the accident from Dr. J Steven Newman to John Lemke, as "our group's private website. We can use it to share group documents, schedule events, hold online discussions, and more." Membership in the 107 Team intranet is by...
  • Past Perfect, Future Misleading

    08/28/2003 4:35:09 PM PDT · by NonZeroSum · 5 replies · 163+ views
    Fox News ^ | August 28, 2003 | Rand Simberg
    <p>The Columbia Accident Investigation Board report was released on Tuesday.</p> <p>I haven't read it in its entirety, but I've skimmed the whole thing.</p> <p>The Gehman Commission is to be commended. They've pulled few punches and provided a lot of useful guidance to NASA to get the shuttle flying again -- if not completely safely, at least much more so. I also recommend reading the sections on history and space policy to anyone interested in those subjects. They provide very good insight into how we got into the mess we're in, which is to say that they've dealt very well with describing the past.</p>
  • The Right Stuff

    08/28/2003 4:21:49 PM PDT · by NonZeroSum · 5 replies · 146+ views
    National Review Online ^ | August 28, 2003 | Rand Simberg
    I haven't read the Gehman Report on the Columbia accident in its entirety, though I've skimmed the whole thing, treading lightly on parts with which I'm already (unfortunately) all too familiar. These included the history of manned space flight in the U.S., and the specific technical description of what went wrong. The latter, in fact, is almost irrelevant to policy formulation per se — it's only of importance to those at NASA who have to implement specific technical fixes. In any event, I've read enough to know that there's little new here, to anyone who's followed the vagaries of...
  • Bush in the hot seat over shuttle's future

    08/27/2003 4:09:29 PM PDT · by Brett66 · 16 replies · 195+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 8/27/03 | KAREN MASTERSON
    Bush in the hot seat over shuttle's future Lawmakers urge administration to set course By KAREN MASTERSON Copyright 2003 Houston Chronicle Washington Bureau THE INVESTIGATION WASHINGTON -- President Bush, silent for three years on NASA's future, must quickly define his intentions for the shuttle program if the space agency is to recover from Tuesday's critical review of its safety and management problems, key members of Congress said. While acknowledging that Congress was in part responsible for NASA's troubles, lawmakers said providing long-term vision and goals for the agency is the administration's responsibility. "It's doable if the president goes to the...
  • Flawed NASA Culture Blamed for Columbia Disaster

    08/26/2003 7:46:45 AM PDT · by Fali_G · 60 replies · 517+ views
    WASHINGTON — A flawed NASA culture is to blame for the Columbia shuttle disaster, according to a detailed, 200-plus-page report released Tuesday. Earlier Tuesday, NASA (search) leaders were bracing for a storm of criticism. "The report is going to be embarrassing," physics professor Robert Park of the University of Maryland told Fox News. Space shuttle Columbia broke into pieces on Feb. 1 upon return into the atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard. Members of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (search) completed the report late last week after spending seven months probing the technical facts of the space tragedy and interviewing...
  • Computer Program That Analyzed Shuttle Was Misused, Engineer Says

    08/25/2003 2:24:11 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 32 replies · 319+ views
    new york times ^ | 8 26 03 | JOHN SCHWARTZ
    he computer program that helped NASA mistakenly decide that the shuttle Columbia had not been deeply harmed by a piece of falling foam would have predicted serious damage if used properly, said the retired Boeing engineer who developed the program. The engineer, Allen J. Richardson, said the program, known as Crater, was never intended to be used in a mission to predict damage, as it was in Columbia's fatal flight. Members of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, which is expected to release its final report on the disaster tomorrow, have disparaged Crater as a flawed tool. But Mr. Richardson said...
  • Congressmen: NASA Must Change 'Huge Blob Of Bureaucracy'

    08/24/2003 12:59:40 PM PDT · by anymouse · 12 replies · 173+ views
    The report into the shuttle Columbia disaster will look hauntingly familiar to those who lived through the agony of Challenger. Technical defects and bad management at NASA brought down both ships. But this time, two key members of Congress indicate they are ready to force drastic changes in the safety of human spaceflight. "It's going to require us to knock some heads and to affix some accountability and to make sure certain people are let go and make sure changes are made. There's nothing that resists change more than a huge blob of bureaucracy," said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, chairman of...
  • Congress Counts Down to Report on Columbia - Fiscal battle likely to follow Tuesday release

    08/24/2003 12:14:53 PM PDT · by anymouse · 1 replies · 166+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Aug. 24, 2003, 1:44AM | KAREN MASTERSON
    In two days Congress will receive a major report on the shuttle disaster that will spark a funding battle with the potential to make or break the agency's human spaceflight programs. The 250-page report, to be released Tuesday by the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, will do more than outline why one of NASA's small fleet of manned shuttles broke apart over Texas on Feb. 1. The board's 13 members, headed by retired Navy Adm. Harold Gehman, will spell out what needs to be done to make the shuttle program safer. And even though Gehman has said the report will not...
  • President Bush Call Space Program 'Important,' Has Not Seen Columbia Accident Report

    08/23/2003 5:41:00 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 3 replies · 306+ views ^ | 08/23/03 | Leonard David
    Following a meeting with economic leaders in Seattle, Washington yesterday, U.S. President George W. Bush was asked to comment on the upcoming release of the final report from the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB). The report is due out Tuesday, Aug. 26. A reporter requested Bush to answer a "Texas-related question" about the CAIB findings, adding that the report is anticipated to be critical of NASA.
  • Families of Columbia Crew Await Shuttle Report and Want It to Make a Difference

    08/13/2003 8:05:59 PM PDT · by anymouse · 5 replies · 265+ views
    Houston Chronicle/Associated Press ^ | Aug. 12, 2003, 11:39PM
    Seeing the thing that brought down the space shuttle Columbia filled Jon Salton with sadness. His sister, Laurel Clark, was one of the seven astronauts who died when the shuttle shattered on its return to Earth more than six months ago. He viewed the video of the impact test in July that showed a chunk of foam insulation knocking a giant hole in shuttle wing parts. "It's hard to watch that," he said. "It's utterly obvious now that type of impact could cause an orbiter to break apart. "It didn't make me angry. It just made me sad." NASA officials...
  • Agencies tally Columbia costs - Price tag tops $380 million

    08/13/2003 7:16:34 PM PDT · by anymouse · 2 replies · 231+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Aug. 11, 2003, 2:14PM | PATTY REINERT
    Cleaning up the remains of space shuttle Columbia and investigating why it fell out of the sky will cost taxpayers more than $380 million, according to figures from the government agencies involved. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead agency dealing with the Feb. 1 disaster that killed seven astronauts, expects to spend more than $228 million on the accident, said Kim Pease, a Denton-based spokesman for the agency. FEMA, which now is part of the Homeland Security Department, coordinated the search and recovery operation, working with NASA, the U.S. Forest Service, the Environmental Protection Agency and the departments of...
  • Did environmentalism bring down Columbia?

    08/08/2003 5:59:56 PM PDT · by comnet · 33 replies · 365+ views ^ | February 2, 2003 | Joseph Farah
    CATASTROPHE IN THE SKY Did environmentalism bring down Columbia? NASA probed exact same glitch of insulation striking tiles in 1997 More than six years ago, NASA investigated extensive thermal tile damage on the space shuttle Columbia as a result of the shedding of external tank insulation on launch – now a prime suspect in the Columbia's disastrous disintegration upon re-entry yesterday. The problems began when the space agency switched to materials and parts that were considered more "environmentally friendly," according to a NASA report obtained by WorldNetDaily. Did concerns for environment cause shuttle disaster? NASA investigators have quickly focused on...
  • Asteroids Named for Columbia Astronauts

    08/06/2003 9:32:06 PM PDT · by anymouse · 2 replies · 304+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Wed Aug 6, 6:59 PM ET
    Seven asteroids circling the sun between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter are being named for the astronauts who died in the space shuttle Columbia accident, officials announced Wednesday. Astronauts Rick Husband, William McCool, Michael Anderson, Kalpana Chawla, David Brown and Laurel Clark of NASA (news - web sites) and Ilan Ramon of Israel died on Feb. 1 when Columbia broke up while returning to Earth from a 16-day orbital mission. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. proposed naming the asteroids for the astronauts. The plan was approved by the International Astronomical Union and announced on Wednesday by the...
  • The Space Shuttle Tragedy's Green Connection

    08/06/2003 9:44:00 AM PDT · by Maria S · 11 replies · 703+ views ^ | August 6, 2003 | Jon Berlau
    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, better known as NASA, said in July that it had found the "smoking gun" that caused the space shuttle Columbia to break apart as it re-entered the Earth's atmosphere on Feb. 1: a piece of foam that had peeled off the external fuel tank and struck the shuttle's wing 1 minute and 22 seconds after liftoff. But many experts looking at the tragedy that killed seven astronauts say there is a deeper cause. They say that the metaphorical smoking gun should be painted green. Because of demands that the agency help to front for...
  • Boeing Move to Texas Hurt Shuttle Analysis-Report

    08/02/2003 2:13:23 AM PDT · by anymouse · 27 replies · 337+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thursday July 31, 2:41 pm ET | Deborah Zabarenko
    "Brain drain" at Boeing Co. may have contributed to the aerospace giant's flawed analysis that space shuttle Columbia would land safely despite being damaged soon after launch, the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday. Falling debris from Columbia's external fuel tank crashed into the shuttle's left wing, allowing superheated gas to penetrate the craft on re-entry Feb. 1, ultimately tearing the ship apart and killing all seven astronauts aboard. Boeing's space shuttle team lost many top engineers when it moved to Texas from California in 2001, contributing to poor analysis during the doomed Columbia flight, according to the Times report....
  • Investigator worries NASA won't change

    08/01/2003 5:30:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 262+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 8/1/03 | Marcia Dunn - AP
    <p>CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A Nobel Prize-winning member of the board investigating the space shuttle Columbia disaster says he fears NASA may be doomed to suffer more tragedies unless it changes the culture that has led to flawed decision-making.</p> <p>The "same faulty reasoning" that led to the 1986 Challenger accident also led to Columbia, said Douglas Osheroff, one of the 13 board members wrapping up the report on the Columbia accident.</p>
  • NASA outlines cost of Columbia probe

    07/31/2003 11:00:03 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 119+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, August 1, 2003 | William Glanz
    <p>NASA has spent $152.4 million in the six months since the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated to fund the investigation and recover debris, the space agency said yesterday.</p> <p>Although the agency provided little detail about the new expenditures, it is the first time the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has quantified the costs related to the Feb. 1 loss of Columbia.</p>
  • Shuttle Board (CAIB) Says NASA Needs Photos of Fuel Tank

    07/30/2003 5:27:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 142+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/30/03 | Deborah Zabarenko - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - NASA (news - web sites) needs high-resolution pictures of the external fuel tanks that boost shuttles into orbit, and these images should be taken during any future launch and ascent, investigators probing the Columbia disaster said Wednesday. The Columbia Accident Investigation Board said these sharp images, made available to ground controllers soon after the external tank separates from the orbiter after launch, would help engineers troubleshoot any problems during shuttle missions. "Imaging the space shuttle system during launch and ascent provides necessary engineering data including the ability to examine the space shuttle system for any unexpected debris...
  • Post-Columbia NASA Hunkers Down - Officials’ view of shortcomings is a bad omen for future clash

    07/24/2003 11:15:26 AM PDT · by anymouse · 27 replies · 253+ views
    MSNBC ^ | July 23, 2003 | James Oberg
    NASA spaceflight operations officials argued Tuesday that the loss of the space shuttle Columbia was nobody’s fault, and that they couldn’t have done anything wrong because of their pure intentions. They couldn’t think of anything they did wrong, but they also promised to do better in the future. THESE COMMENTS come as part of NASA’s hunkering down in anticipation of being seriously skewered by the report now being written by the Columbia Accident Investigation Board. The group, often referred to as the Gehman Committee after the retired admiral who chairs it, has already issued its technical explanation of the loss...
  • NASA Worker Downplayed Threat From Foam

    07/22/2003 10:41:20 AM PDT · by anymouse · 6 replies · 171+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 7/22/03 | MARCIA DUNN
    The NASA official who led the mission management team during Columbia's doomed flight swiftly dismissed as a safety threat the launch-day foam strike to the left wing, transcripts released Tuesday show. "Really, I don't think there is much we can do," Linda Ham said on Jan. 21, five days after a 1 1/2-pound chunk of foam insulation smashed into Columbia's wing during liftoff. "It's not really a factor during the flight because there isn't much we can do about it." Referring to a foam strike two flights earlier, during Atlantis' launch in October, Ham said, "I'm not sure if the...
  • NASA Staff Counts Down to Blasting

    07/21/2003 1:03:22 PM PDT · by anymouse · 1 replies · 242+ views
    USA TODAY ^ | 7/20/2003 | Traci Watson
    <p>NASA managers worry that the official report on the shuttle Columbia accident, to be published next month, will damage morale and distract staff from putting shuttles back into space.</p> <p>"The report will question us at all levels," warned William Readdy, a top NASA official and former astronaut, in a letter sent this month to staff helping to put the shuttle in space again. "Long forgotten will be the many, many scores of safely and successfully accomplished missions."</p>
  • Interviews Uncover Shuttle Program Flaws

    07/16/2003 2:39:26 PM PDT · by anymouse · 5 replies · 148+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Wed, Jul 16, 2003 | MARCIA DUNN
    NASA inspectors charged with making sure space shuttles are safe to fly were forced to buy their own tools and prevented from making spot checks, a Columbia accident investigator says. The investigator, who spoke with The Associated Press in interviews over several days, said NASA's program that oversees shuttle inspections will "take a pretty big hit" in the Columbia accident report due out in late August. Air Force Brig. Gen. Duane Deal, one of 13 members of the board investigating the cause of the shuttle accident, says he obtained crucial information by offering confidentiality to the 72 NASA and contractor...
  • The Hole in NASA’s Safety Culture - Latest test illustrates dangers of agency’s assumptions

    07/10/2003 2:32:27 PM PDT · by anymouse · 14 replies · 245+ views
    MSNBC ^ | July 8, 2003 | James Oberg
    The foam impact test on Monday that left a gaping hole in a simulated space shuttle wing also graphically unveiled the gaping hole in NASA’s safety culture. Even without any test data to support them, NASA’s best engineers who were examining potential damage from the foam impact during Columbia’s launch made convenient assumptions. Nobody in the NASA management chain ever asked any tough questions about the justification for these feel-good fantasies. THE SHOCKING FLAW was just another incarnation of the most dangerous of safety delusions — that in the absence of contrary indicators, it is permissible to assume that a...
  • Columbia Accident Investigators' Final Report Delayed Until End of August

    07/09/2003 7:15:24 PM PDT · by John W · 4 replies · 135+ views
    AP via TBO ^ | July 9, 2003 | Marcia Dunn
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The board investigating the Columbia disaster will not issue its final report until the end of August, a full month later than planned, in order to allow enough time for editing the massive document. "It's editing all the material and trying to do a thorough job, rather than trying to rush to the finish line," Columbia Accident Investigation Board spokeswoman Laura Brown said Wednesday. The board's chairman, retired Navy Adm. Harold Gehman Jr., had intended to release the report by the end of July to beat the August congressional recess. He wanted lawmakers to look...
  • Shuttle Foam Test Yields Hole in Wing (Produces vs Yields)

    07/07/2003 1:10:51 PM PDT · by DoughtyOne · 104 replies · 413+ views
    AP ^ | 07/07/2003 | MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer
    Science - AP Shuttle Foam Test Yields Hole in Wing59 minutes ago By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer SAN ANTONIO - The team investigating the Columbia disaster fired a chunk of foam insulation at shuttle wing parts Monday and blew open a gaping 2-foot hole, offering dramatic evidence to support the theory of what doomed the spaceship. The crowd of about 100 gasped and cried, "Wow!" when the foam hit. The foam struck roughly the same spot where insulation that broke off Columbia's big external fuel tank during launch smashed into the shuttle's wing. Investigators believe the damage led to...
  • Space shuttle test reveals 'smoking gun' in disaster

    07/08/2003 7:31:03 AM PDT · by thepainster · 89 replies · 249+ views
    Space shuttle test reveals 'smoking gun' in disaster Simulation of Columbia launch mishap puts hole in wing section By Kathy Sawyer THE WASHINGTON POST Tuesday, July 8, 2003 SAN ANTONIO -- With a resounding "thwack," a piece of foam traveling at 500 mph blew a ragged hole the size of a stop sign in a section of a space shuttle wing Monday, effectively shattering any remaining doubts about what destroyed Columbia and its crew Feb. 1. "We have found the smoking gun," said Scott Hubbard, a member of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board who supervised the test. Austin American Statesman...
  • 2nd foam-impact test further convinces Columbia probers

    07/07/2003 11:46:44 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 106+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, July 8, 2003 | William Glanz
    <p>Accident investigators yesterday blew a hole bigger than a basketball in a space shuttle's carbon panel, bolstering suspicion that a chunk of foam insulation caused enough damage to destroy the Space Shuttle Columbia.</p> <p>"We have found the smoking gun," Scott Hubbard, a member of the independent Columbia Accident Investigation Board, said following the test in San Antonio.</p>
  • Board reiterates foam's damage to shuttle

    06/24/2003 10:32:30 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 34 replies · 181+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, June 25, 2003 | William Glanz
    <p>Accident investigators examining the disintegration of the Space Shuttle Columbia said more forcefully yesterday that foam insulation had shed from the orbiter's external fuel tank and pierced its left wing.</p> <p>Investigators also said they will recommend that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration find better ways to guard against damage to thermal protection tiles from foam.</p>
  • Shuttle foam ‘most probable cause’

    06/24/2003 6:06:27 PM PDT · by Bobby777 · 29 replies · 213+ views
    Investigators make strongest comment yet on Columbia cause WASHINGTON, June 24 — In their strongest statement yet on the Columbia disaster, investigators said Tuesday that flyaway foam was “the most probable cause” of the wing damage that brought down the space shuttle almost five months ago.
  • Columbia Investigators Finalizing Tests

    06/24/2003 11:51:50 AM PDT · by The_Victor · 3 replies · 165+ views
    Yahoo (AP) ^ | 6/24/03 | PAUL RECER
    WASHINGTON - A suitcase sized chunk of foam that smashed into Columbia's left wing and damaged a critical heat shield is "the most probable cause" of the Columbia space shuttle disaster, an investigation panel said Tuesday. It was the strongest statement to date on what caused the shuttle to disintegrate on re-entry, killing seven astronauts aboard. The Columbia Accident Investigation Board has suggested in the past that the insulation may have shattered the heat shield, but before the board always called the foam impact only a "candidate" cause. Board member Roger Tetrault said that an analysis of the tons of...
  • NASA releases recovered videos and photos from Columbia

    06/24/2003 11:15:15 AM PDT · by yonif · 7 replies · 278+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Jun. 24, 2003 | PHILIP CHIEN
    NASA has released almost 10 hours of videotape and 92 photographs taken during Ilan Ramon's space shuttle mission. The videotapes and film were recovered near San Augustine Texas during the three month search for debris from Columbia. All together 38,500 kgs. of debris were recovered over an 6,400 square km. area in Texas and Louisiana. Out of 337 videotapes 28 had usable footage. The first videotape with recovered video showed flight deck as the astronauts prepared for reentry. It was released a couple of weeks after the accident. NASA delievered the rest of the recovered videotapes to the National Transportation...
  • Experts say NASA hasn't learned lessons

    06/12/2003 9:55:27 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 208+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 6/12/03 | Ted Bridis - AP
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - NASA failed to learn important lessons from its past mistakes and needs to improve its oversight of shuttle contractors, some of America's top space experts told Columbia investigators Thursday. But they said declining budgets at the space agency may not have contributed directly to the tragedy.</p>
  • Nasa deal closes the door on Columbia inquiry (Group investigating, now on the Nasa payroll)

    05/25/2003 1:22:51 PM PDT · by TLBSHOW · 8 replies · 274+ views
    scotlandonsunday ^ | 5/25/2003 | JACQUI GODDARD
    Nasa deal closes the door on Columbia inquiry CIVILIAN members of the expert group investigating the Columbia space shuttle disaster have been put on the Nasa payroll to ensure much of the inquiry will be carried out in secret. The highly controversial move - which has prompted angry accusations that the inquiry can no longer be considered impartial - will see the five civilian representatives on the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB) each receive executive-level salaries of up to $134,000 (£82,000) a year. If the civilians - who were supposedly recruited to ensure the investigation was independent from Nasa -...
  • Searchers find live worms in shuttle wreckage

    04/30/2003 1:46:41 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 26 replies · 153+ views
    Searchers find live worms in shuttle wreckage Wednesday April 30, 2003 By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) Hundreds of worms being used in a science experiment aboard the space shuttle Columbia have been found alive in the wreckage, NASA said Wednesday. The worms, known as C. elegans, were found in debris found in Texas several weeks ago. Technicians sorting through the debris at Kennedy Space Center in Florida didn't open the containers of worms and dead moss cells until this week. All seven astronauts were killed when the shuttle disintegrated over Texas on Feb. 1. Columbia...
  • Shuttle Investigators Zero in on Breach

    04/29/2003 7:20:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 277+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 4/29/03 | Marcia Dunn - AP
    Shuttle Investigators Zero in on Breach HOUSTON - Columbia accident investigators said Tuesday they are close to zeroing in on where a hole opened up in the spaceship's left wing and strongly suspect the fatal blow was caused by a chunk of flyaway foam at liftoff. AP Photo Space Shuttle Columbia Special Coverage   "I feel that we're probably within 30 inches of where the actual breach occurred," said Roger Tetrault, a member of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board. "We're closing in." A fragment of a panel or seal along the vulnerable leading edge of Columbia's left wing is...
  • Shuttle Doomed at Takeoff - Telltale Heat Spike Was Recorded After Debris Strike

    04/19/2003 5:02:48 AM PDT · by jpthomas · 44 replies · 338+ views
    ABC News ^ | April 18, 2003 | Lisa Stark and Gina Treadgold
    — Investigators now have the strongest evidence yet that the space shuttle Columbia's left wing was critically punctured during liftoff, when falling debris started the fatal chain of events that led to the breakup of the shuttle when it re-entered Earth's atmosphere, ABCNEWS has learned. The evidence comes from an old magnetic tape recorder that is part of the Orbiter Experiment Support System, sources said. It shows an unusual temperature increase in a key sensor just behind the leading edge of the left wing near the spot where foam that fell from the shuttle's external fuel tank is suspected of...