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  • Space Shuttle Columbia: What Happened 10 Years Ago (RIP)

    01/31/2013 8:17:22 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 17 replies
    Ten years ago Friday, the space shuttle Columbia was destroyed and its seven astronauts killed during the final minutes of its flight. NASA will mark the 10th anniversary of the accident at Florida's Kennedy Space Center, and take part in an observance at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, where three of the astronauts are buried. Other commemorations Friday include events at a 2-year-old Columbia museum in Hemphill, Texas, where shuttle debris fell. PBS is also airing a new documentary about Ilan Ramon, the Israeli astronaut on Columbia. The wife of the shuttle's commander, Evelyn Husband Thompson, said she has seen...
  • US shuttle debris surfaces amid Texas drought

    08/02/2011 4:05:30 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    France 24 ^ | 8/2/2011
    A piece of the ill-fated space shuttle Columbia has surfaced in eastern Texas, where a severe drought has dried up a lake and exposed debris from the 2003 accident, NASA said Tuesday. The globe-shaped object that turned up in Lake Nacogdoches, north of Houston, was one of 18 tanks on Columbia that helped power the shuttle, said NASA spokeswoman Lisa Malone. Member of NASA's Columbia Reconstruction Team is pictured at the Kennedy Space Center in 2003 "Late last week, we were contacted by the Nacogdoches sheriff's office letting us know that they had found an item of what they thought...
  • The Best Among Us, Remembering Space Shuttle Columbia

    11/01/2004 1:01:30 PM PST · by Paul Ross · 52 replies · 370+ views
    NASA Web Site ^ | 2/1/04 | NASA
    For those who have the time to quietly reflect, as we choose for our nation our leadership, I humbly submit that there is little better "signal" of character than this solemn memorial to fallen heroes...
  • 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...
  • Three Strangers Forever Linked, Forever Haunted by Questions That Still Follow Columbia

    01/31/2004 9:53:34 AM PST · by John W · 36 replies · 200+ views
    AP via TBO ^ | January 31,2004 | Marcia Dunn
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - For the rest of time, these three men will be linked by the Columbia disaster, strangers thrown together by that awful Saturday morning in February. The accident has altered their lives forever: NASA's most visible persona during those dreadful first days, a scientist who would dig into the cause of the accident, the grieving husband of one of the two women on the flight. Ron Dittemore, the space shuttle program manager who took the most dramatic public fall, remains emotionally scarred one year later. He left NASA and now holds a low-profile aerospace job in...
  • Challengers (In honor of those lost in the final frontier)

    01/28/2004 10:40:44 AM PST · by Prime Choice · 15 replies · 208+ views
    Sacred Cow Burgers ^ | 01/28/2004 | Sacred Cow Burgers
  • Former President George H.W. Bush Urges All Americans to Support Families of Columbia Shuttle Crew

    01/28/2004 7:58:40 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 185+ views
    Former President George H.W. Bush Urges All Americans to Support Families of Columbia Shuttle Crew 1/28/04 10:42:00 AM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National and Assignment Desks Contact: Laurie Rossbach of the Columbia Shuttle Memorial Trust, 202-326-1797 or laurie.rossbach@edelman.com News Advisory: On Feb. 1, 2003, our nation and the world lost the seven brave and dedicated crew members of the Space Shuttle Columbia. But the Columbia seven - Rick, Willie, Dave, Mike, KC, Laurel, and Ilan -- are not the only heroes of STS-107. As we approach the first anniversary of this tragedy, their husbands and wives, sons and daughters, mothers and...
  • 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>
  • Columbia Disaster Astronaut's Diary Found (Ramon's)

    01/23/2004 3:58:08 PM PST · by blam · 1 replies · 320+ views
    Ananova ^ | 1-23-2004
    Columbia disaster astronaut's diary found Pieces of an Israeli astronaut's diary, which plunged to earth with the stricken Columbia space shuttle, have been found in a field. The pages of Ilan Ramon's journal were found by a native American searching fields in Texas shortly after the crash in February last year. Initially, it was not known what the pieces of paper were. But when they were shown to Ramon's wife she confirmed it as his Hebrew handwriting. Many of the pages were bleached as they tumbled into the atmosphere at super-heated temperatures. But Israeli forensic scientists, helped by museum manuscript...
  • 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...
  • Aerospace milestones celebrated

    01/01/2004 11:02:20 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 218+ views
    Valley Press ^ | January 1, 2004 | ALLISON GATLIN
    Marking 100 years of man's success in conquering the skies, 2003 saw milestones for both what has been done and what is yet to come. Celebrations throughout the year culminated in the Dec. 17 anniversary of the Wright brothers' first successful powered flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C., a feat which set in motion changes that are still being felt and improved upon today. In the century since that flight, worldwide air travel has become common; space travel has moved from science fiction to reality; and air power has altered warfare. Although the Centennial of Flight marked a success, the year...
  • Columbia Anthem Gets Grammy Nod

    12/16/2003 7:26:35 AM PST · by anymouse · 1 replies · 295+ views
    NASA Press Release ^ | 12.05.03 | Jim Wilson
    Image Left: Patti LaBelle performs "Way Up There" at the Columbia memorial service at the National Cathedral in Washington.Photo Credit: NASA/Renee Bouchard R & B legend Patti LaBelle has been nominated for a Grammy Award for "Way Up There," the stirring anthem she performed to honor the seven fallen heroes of the Space Shuttle Columbia. The song, written by LaBelle's long time collaborator Tena R. Clark, was originally commissioned by the NASA Art Program to celebrate the Centennial of Flight in 2003. But it took on a powerful new meaning for the NASA family when LaBelle performed it at the...
  • 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...
  • FOIA Request Uncovers Previously Unknown NASA Accident Investigation Website

    08/29/2003 12:24:15 AM PDT · by anymouse · 2 replies · 223+ views
    SpaceRef.com ^ | 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • Majority Wants Space Flights Halted Until Goals Set

    07/21/2003 1:08:04 PM PDT · by anymouse · 23 replies · 299+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 20, 2003, 9:47AM | TONY FREEMANTLE and MIKE TOLSON
    Americans remain strongly supportive of NASA and committed to the nation's manned space program in the wake of the Columbia tragedy, but a majority in a poll commissioned by the Houston Chronicle believes the shuttles should be grounded until the future of the space program has been redefined. The nationwide poll by Zogby International, conducted between June 27 and July 2, confirms what space policy experts have known since the Apollo moon expeditions, that despite the risks and costs, enough Americans want to continue sending humans into space to make ending the practice politically unfeasible. More than two-thirds of 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...
  • Scuttle the Shuttle! Foundation Urges

    07/15/2003 6:29:25 PM PDT · by anymouse · 26 replies · 224+ views
    Space Frontier Foundation Press Release via SpaceRef ^ | Monday, July 14, 2003 | Rick Tumlinson
    The Space Shuttle system should be retired, and all further investments in the Shuttle ended, argued the non-profit Space Frontier Foundation today. A growing consensus in Congress and the space community affirms that the Shuttle system is hopelessly inadequate to our needs and cannot be made safe or affordable, stated the group s founder, Rick Tumlinson. It's time for the venerable Space Shuttles to make way for the improvement in safety, innovation, and competitive pricing that would occur if the private sector were to be given the chance to do for space travel what commercial aviation has done for air...
  • NASA Has Too Many Astronauts for Flights

    07/11/2003 11:46:51 AM PDT · by anymouse · 7 replies · 277+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Thu Jul 10, 2003 3:41 PM ET | MARCIA DUNN
    NASA has too many astronauts waiting around for their chance to fly in space and needs to do a better job of matching the size of the corps to the number of missions, the agency's inspector general said Thursday. In a report that should have been released in February but was delayed because of the Columbia disaster, the inspector general's office concluded the space agency was "overly optimistic" in predicting future shuttle flight rates and hired too many astronauts in recent years. The report said that because of an engineer shortage at Johnson Space Center in Houston, high-priced astronauts have...
  • 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...
  • NASA: Gases Breached Shuttle Wing in 2000

    07/08/2003 12:20:26 PM PDT · by anymouse · 82 replies · 325+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 7/8/03 | TED BRIDIS
    Superheated gases breached the left wing of shuttle Atlantis during its fiery return to earth in hauntingly similar fashion to the demise of Columbia nearly three years later, according to internal NASA documents. Unlike Columbia, Atlantis suffered no irreparable damage during the May 2000 episode and, after repairs, returned to flight just four months later. NASA ordered fleetwide changes in how employees install protective wing panels and sealant materials. The small leak through a seam in Atlantis' wing during its return from the International Space Station was disclosed in documents sought by The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information...
  • Columbia Rescue Was Possible With Atlantis

    05/21/2003 9:31:13 PM PDT · by AJFavish · 17 replies · 485+ views
    Florida Today ^ | May 21, 2003 | John Kelly
    <p>CAPE CANAVERAL -- A rushed launch of a rescue shuttle. Two orbiters drifting in tight formation at 17,500 mph. A series of harrowing spacewalks to move astronauts from one crippled shuttle to one that could bring them safely back to Earth.</p>
  • Spacecraft Designer Calls for Retirement of Shuttle

    05/18/2003 5:23:01 PM PDT · by anymouse · 71 replies · 373+ views
    Kansas City Star/Los Angeles Times ^ | Fri, May. 16, 2003 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN and PETER PAE
    A highly-regarded spacecraft designer says the space shuttle should be retired and the human space program suspended until a better vehicle can be built. This newest critic is Max Faget, 81, who designed the Mercury space capsule and had a managing role in the design of other U.S. human launch systems, including the space shuttle, Apollo and Gemini. He has received almost every commendation that exists for engineers and was inducted into the Ohio-based National Inventor's Hall of Fame earlier this year. "The bottom line is that the shuttle is too old," Faget said this week. "It would be very...
  • Public Pays Tab for NASA, Then is Told to Get Lost

    05/14/2003 11:06:22 AM PDT · by anymouse · 33 replies · 241+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | May 13, 2003 | Mike Thomas
    Admiral Harold Gehman, who is in charge of investigating the shuttle Columbia accident, must be having flashbacks to his secretive investigation of the USS Cole terrorist attack. Evidently, he also doesn't think the public should be in on his investigation into the Columbia disaster. Gehman, appointed by NASA, thinks nobody other than his panel should know all the details of the Columbia report. We're not to worry our pretty little heads about what transpired in all those secret interviews with NASA officials. We're just to assume the panel asked the right questions of the right people, reached the right conclusions...
  • Space Officials Can't Dismiss Shuttle Caution Signs

    05/12/2003 8:54:51 PM PDT · by anymouse · 4 replies · 205+ views
    USA Today ^ | 5/12/2003 6:18 PM | James Oberg
    <p>Little more than three months ago, seven astronauts paid with their lives to remind space officials that spaceflight is unforgiving. Tolerance of any level of malfunction is a recipe for eventual disaster.</p> <p>Now it appears that this lesson still hasn't soaked into the consciousness of some top officials. A serious flaw in a computer that guides the landing of Russia's spaceships — only the latest in a series of such flaws over the years — has been cavalierly dismissed as unimportant because it didn't result in any deaths.</p>
  • (Shuttle Accident) Board Paid (by NASA) to Ensure Secrecy

    05/12/2003 11:47:32 AM PDT · by anymouse · 8 replies · 209+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | May 11, 2003 | Kevin Spear, Jim Leusner and Gwyneth K. Shaw
    Civilian members of the board investigating the shuttle Columbia disaster -- outsiders who were added to reassure Congress and the public that the board would be fully independent of the space agency -- are actually being paid executive-level salaries by NASA. The agency quietly put the five civilians on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration payroll, at pay rates of $134,000 a year, in order to take advantage of provisions that allow boards composed exclusively of "federal employees" to conduct their business in secret. If the civilians had not been hired by NASA, a federal law would have required the...
  • Lawmakers Seek Access to NASA Testimony

    05/09/2003 1:44:44 PM PDT · by anymouse · 3 replies · 217+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Friday, May 9, 2003 | Eric Pianin
    'Privileged' Statements on Columbia Won't See 'Light of Day,' Panel Chief Says. Lawmakers and the board investigating the Columbia space shuttle disaster are locked in a dispute over congressional demands for access to information gleaned from hundreds of "privileged interviews" that investigators have conducted with NASA officials, engineers and others directly involved in the failed mission. The lawmakers, including Science Committee Chairman Sherwood L. Boehlert (R-N.Y.), Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) and Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.), said they received assurances during a meeting with Gehman last week that they and their staffs could see expurgated copies of the transcripts, with the...
  • Shuttle Tank Foam Warning Came Three Years Ago

    05/06/2003 3:11:28 PM PDT · by Cincinatus · 11 replies · 375+ views
    Florida Today via Space.com ^ | May 6, 2003 | John Kelly
    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...
  • Live science experiment found intact in shuttle debris

    04/30/2003 11:21:07 PM PDT · by yonif · 4 replies · 200+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | May. 1, 2003 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    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 contained almost 60 scientific investigations. "To my knowledge, these are the only live experiments that have been located and identified," said...
  • 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...
  • 3,000 Amateurs Offer NASA Photos of Columbia's Demise

    04/23/2003 11:48:04 PM PDT · by Timesink · 6 replies · 454+ views
    The New York Times ^ | April 22, 2003 | John Schwartz
    April 22, 2003 3,000 Amateurs Offer NASA Photos of Columbia's Demise Associated PressContrails from the Columbia are seen in a video image taken by two Dutch military pilots training at Fort Hood, Tex., on Feb. 1. This widely circulated image, purported to be of the shuttle Columbia, is actually from the 1998 movie "Armageddon." By JOHN SCHWARTZ OUSTON, April 19 - Dan McNew thought he had shot the home movie of a lifetime. He had aimed his digital video camera at the shuttle Columbia as it returned to earth on Feb. 1; living near Dallas, in the path of...
  • Shuttle Doomed at Takeoff (Astronauts doomed from the start)

    04/18/2003 6:01:28 PM PDT · by TLBSHOW · 48 replies · 325+ views
    abc news ^ | 4/18/2003 | Lisa Stark and Gina Treadgold
    Shuttle Doomed at Takeoff Telltale Heat Spike Was Recorded After Debris Strike April 18 — 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...
  • New images of Columbia under study

    04/11/2003 9:42:07 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies · 196+ views
    he Antelope Valley Press ^ | April 11, 2003. | TED BRIDIS
    NASA has released six new images captured by an Air Force telescope in Hawaii showing the shuttle Columbia in orbit days before it broke apart during its return to Earth. The images - three photographs and three infrared images - were studied in detail by the board investigating the disaster but appeared to be of little use to officials. Columbia flew most of its mission upside down relative to Earth, so the images showed only the top of the spacecraft. Investigators suspect Columbia suffered crippling damage to the lower part of its left wing when a 2-pound chunk of insulating...
  • Miscommunication cited in shuttle launch STS-107 Columbia

    04/09/2003 8:13:22 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 248+ views
    SJ Mercury News ^ | 4/9/03 | Juan A. Lozano -AP
    <p>HOUSTON - A communications breakdown, a flawed analysis and a false sense of security may have led NASA to incorrectly assess the damage done by a piece of foam that struck Columbia during its launch, an accident investigation board said.</p>
  • Radar tests point to lost panel on shuttle

    04/02/2003 7:34:13 PM PST · by Prince Charles · 3 replies · 262+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 4-3-03 | Will Knight
    Radar tests point to lost panel on shuttle   13:56 02 April 03   NewScientist.com news service   Tests have revealed that an object spotted falling from the space shuttle Columbia on the second day of its doomed mission was a panel of protective heat-resistant tiles. The absence of this panel would have provided a point of entry in the shuttle's left wing for the superhot gases that investigators believe got inside the craft during re-entry. The plasma melted the shuttle's aluminium frame and caused the craft to disintegrate, with the loss of all seven astronauts aboard. Radar pictures revealed the object falling...
  • Autodesk's founder reports gross errors by Limbaugh, CNN, Snopes (Remember "Columbia's Last Photo?")

    03/30/2003 12:44:05 AM PST · by Dont Mention the War · 23 replies · 1,760+ views
    Interesting-people.org | March 29, 2003 | John Walker
    Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2003 10:24:29 -0800 From: Jim Warren Subject: Autodesk's founder reports gross errors by Limbaugh, CNN, Snopes Cc: [Snopes and a whole bunch of CNN circular file email addresses; Mr. Warren doesn't seem to know the news biz very well --DMTW] [If you know John, you know him to be a most ardent stickler for facts. Here, John is not reporting hearsay; he's reporting about what's happened on his own server, and images he provides thereon. --jim] At 12:34 AM +0100 3/29/03, John Walker wrote: Subject: Sniping at Snopes.comAlmost everybody's experienced the phenomenon of encountering a description...
  • Air pockets' effect on shuttle probed / NASA STS-107

    03/27/2003 12:21:28 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 308+ views
    SJ Mercury News ^ | 3/27/03 | Mike Schneider - AP
    <p>CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Investigators of the Columbia accident are studying whether pockets of cold air caused foam on the external fuel tank to peel off and strike the space shuttle's left wing during takeoff.</p> <p>The phenomenon, called cryo-pumping, was found in foam on another external fuel tank that was dissected at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The tank was a little newer than the one on Columbia.</p>
  • Searchers Discover Shuttle Data Recorder / STS-107

    03/19/2003 7:49:48 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 249+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/19/03 | Marcia Dunn - AP
    HOUSTON - In what could be one of the most significant debris discoveries yet from the shattered Columbia, searchers found a data recorder that may hold valuable clues as to what destroyed the space shuttle, the accident investigation board said Wednesday night. A spokeswoman for the board, Laura Brown, said the ship's recorder was intact but sustained some heat damage. Officials are hoping that temperature and aerodynamic pressure data can be retrieved from its magnetic tape, she said. Brown compared the recorder to an airplane's black box. "We have no way of knowing whether the data can be recovered," she...
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    03/19/2003 4:10:17 PM PST · by anymouse · 9 replies · 309+ views
    Click here for a good multi-media slide show about Israel's attack on Iraq's Tamuz nuclear breeder reacter supplied by the French
  • Update:Readdy tells CAIB 'no rationale' for requesting in-flight spy satellite inspection ...

    03/14/2003 7:09:24 PM PST · by brityank · 19 replies · 428+ views
    CBS News Coverage of Mission STS-107 ^ | 03:00 p.m., 03/14/03 | William Harwood
    03:00 p.m., 03/14/03, Update: Readdy tells CAIB 'no rationale' for requesting in-flight spy satellite inspection of Columbia; sets up return-to-flight team William Readdy, associate administrator for spaceflight and a former shuttle commander, told the Columbia Accident Investigation Board he did not consider asking for a spy satellite inspection of Columbia's left wing during the doomed ship's mission because the agency had already concluded the shuttle could land safely. But in a letter to the CAIB, the Senate and House Intelligence committees and the NASA Inspector General, Readdy said he agreed that NASA could accept an offer from an unnamed...
  • cOLUMBIA :: CBS NEWS Coverage of Mission STS-107

    03/13/2003 7:40:22 PM PST · by brityank · 13 replies · 302+ views
    CBS NEWS Coverage of Mission STS-107 ^ | 06:00 p.m., 03/13/03 | William Harwood
    CBS NEWS STATUS REPORT 05:00 p.m., 03/13/03, Update: Multiple breaches possible; debris indicates landing gear door stayed in place until very late in disaster; board focusing on RCC-tile interface as major breach location; critical tests on tap Investigators have recovered debris from the shuttle Columbia that appears to support the increasingly held belief that the doomed ship's left landing gear door remained in place as a plume of super-heated air entering through a breach near the leading edge of the left wing wreaked havoc inside the wheel well. The heat-weakened door may have deformed enough to permit jets of...
  • Long-ignored pinholes may have aided shuttle's demise / STS-107

    03/12/2003 8:30:01 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 1,011+ views
    SJ Mercury News ^ | 3/12/03 | Seth Borenstein - Knight Ridder
    <p>WASHINGTON - Experts have told NASA for years that simply covering the wings of a space shuttle while it sits on the launch pad could prevent a problem that investigators now think may have contributed to the destruction of the shuttle Columbia.</p>