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  • 645p 3/11 Update: CAIB news conference report [Columbia]

    03/11/2003 4:42:51 PM PST · by brityank · 13 replies · 254+ views
    Email and Web for CBS News ^ | 11 March, 2003 | Prepared by William Harwood, CBS News/Kennedy Space Center
    CBS NEWS STATUS REPORT 06:20 p.m., 03/11/03, Update: Leading edge focus intensifies; wind shear contribution, bipod foam repair work studied; possible chain of events responsible for shuttle loss The Columbia Accident Investigation Board today showed video of Columbia's launching that indicates foam debris falling away from the ship's external fuel tank slammed into the lower leading edge of the orbiter's left wing within a few feet of where it merged with the fuselage. The board also revealed that 20 seconds before the foam fell away from the so-called "bipod ramp" area of the tank just under the shuttle's nose, Columbia...
  • Columbia STS-107 Entry Timeline [As of 03/10/03 Rev. G] (CBS News)

    03/10/2003 4:21:29 PM PST · by brityank · 30 replies · 621+ views
    Email from CBSNews and Webpage ^ | 10 March, 2003 | Compiled by William Harwood
    STS-107 STATUS REPORT 87 Last Updated: 05:20 p.m., 03/10/03 (all times Eastern) Changes and additions: SR-83: Plume may have entered wheel well from within wing, exited through landing gear door frame; other scenarios remain possible SR-84: NASA focuses on 10 shuttle failure scenarios; Stone to replace Ham in NASA probe SR-85: Updated NASA timeline provides insight into shuttle's final seconds SR-86: Posting revision G of the CBS News STS-107 integrated entry timeline SR-87: Email author 'frustrated' by misinterpretation ========================================== CBS NEWS STATUS REPORT 05:15 p.m., 03/10/03, Update: Email author 'frustrated' that engineering discussion 'misinterpreted' Robert Daugherty, a senior engineer...
  • Columbia

    03/09/2003 8:30:39 PM PST · by ATCNavyRetiree · 17 replies · 224+ views
    Has anyone seen the video of the zoom camera shot taken as the Columbia hurtled over Texas? It looks as if the Columbia is either travelling sideways, pointed away from the camera, or in a flat spin lending the appearance of the "hubcap" effect (for lack of a better term) where it looks as if the wheel isn't turning. In other words, it is spinning so fast that it looks as if it is just sliding sideways in a nose at 90 degree position. I have never heard anyone explain what we are looking at in this video. It's too...
  • STS 107 Memorial Funds

    03/07/2003 1:31:09 PM PST · by anymouse · 1 replies · 107+ views
    Wyle Labs ^ | 3/7/03 | Wyle Labs
    Letter to NASA from the Families of Columbia The families of the Columbia crew are deeply grateful for the generous outpouring of support and affection we have received from around the world over the past three weeks. Many people have asked how they can honor the STS-107 crew and assist our families during this difficult time. There are several charitable funds that have been established on our behalf. Information about these funds can be found at: Sincerely, The Columbia Crew Families Funds Benefitting All Columbia Families - These non-restrictive funds have been established to meet the general or...
  • A patchwork plan for space rescue (STS-107)

    03/02/2003 2:08:28 PM PST · by TrappedInLiberalHell · 14 replies · 141+ views
    MSNBC ^ | February 28, 2003 | James Oberg
    HOUSTON, Feb. 28 — The dramatic video from the flight deck of the space shuttle Columbia, shot just minutes before it was destroyed, has sparked new interest in a nagging question: What could NASA have dreamed up to save the astronauts? THE “WHAT-IFS” all assume an early realization that the shuttle’s thermal protection system — its tiles — had been mortally wounded. Perhaps, if program managers had been alarmed enough by the debris impacts noted after Columbia’s launch on Jan. 16, they would have wanted more information before deciding it was no big deal. In that case, again “perhaps,” the...
  • Engineers raised concerns about Columbia wing burning

    02/26/2003 1:09:50 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 81 replies · 778+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 2-26-03 | TED BRIDIS
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- One day before the Columbia disaster, senior NASA engineers raised concerns the shuttle's left wing might burn off and cause the deaths of the crew, describing a scenario much like the one investigators believe happened. They never sent their warnings to NASA's brass.</p>
  • Shuttle Probe Focusing on Object in Orbit

    02/25/2003 5:06:19 PM PST · by snopercod · 16 replies · 94+ views ^ | February 25, 2003 | Associated Press
    Shuttle Investigation Board Focusing on 1-Foot Object Spotted Near Columbia in Orbit SPACE CENTER, Houston - The board investigating the Columbia tragedy said Wednesday it wants to know more about a mysterious object that almost certainly fell off the shuttle and was flying alongside the spacecraft during its second day in orbit.The object was never noticed during the flight itself; after the shuttle's destruction over Texas on Feb. 1, the U.S. Strategic Command began analyzing radar data that might shed light on the disaster and noticed the object.Initially, NASA said it suspected the object might be frozen wastewater dumped overboard...
  • Columbia Probe Examines Foam Insulation

    02/21/2003 3:48:01 AM PST · by snopercod · 6 replies · 81+ views
    Associated Press via ^ | February 21, 2003 | Marcia Dunn
    SPACE CENTER, Houston - The Columbia accident investigation board is focusing swiftly and intently on how foam insulation was applied to NASA's space shuttles - territory with a troubled track record.One leading theory is the insulation or the heavier material beneath may have damaged Columbia during liftoff, enough to trigger a deadly breach as the spaceship hurtled toward a Florida landing Feb. 1.The foam insulation is applied at a Lockheed Martin plant in New Orleans. More of the foam is applied about a month before liftoff in several small areas of the tank needing touchup at NASA's Kennedy Space Center...
  • Wilderness Firefighters to Seek Shuttle Wreckage - STS-107

    02/20/2003 4:39:22 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 184+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 2/20/03 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Teams of wilderness firefighters will join the search for remnants of the doomed shuttle Columbia in Texas, NASA said on Thursday. The U.S. space agency said the search for shuttle debris is entering a new phase, with the opening of four camps between Dallas and the Texas-Louisiana state line. "Up to 3,500 searchers, made up of personnel from a variety of federal and state land management agencies and fire departments, will operate out of the camps under a management structure typically used in support of wildfires," NASA said. "Teams of approximately 20 trained wilderness firefighters will operate...
  • Shuttle Inquiry Focusing on Tank Foam - STS-107

    02/20/2003 4:36:16 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 273+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 2/20/03 | Marcia Dunn - AP
    Shuttle Inquiry Focusing on Tank Foam 35 minutes ago Add Science - AP to My Yahoo! By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer SPACE CENTER, Houston - Just how the foam insulation was applied to the fuel tanks of NASA (news - web sites)'s space shuttles is getting special attention by the board investigating the Columbia accident, officials said Thursday. AP Photo Space Shuttle Columbia Special Coverage One leading theory is that the insulation or the heavier material beneath may have damaged Columbia during liftoff, enough to trigger a deadly breach as the spaceship hurtled toward a Florida landing 2 1/2...
  • NASA Chief to Visit Louisiana Plant

    02/20/2003 6:51:13 AM PST · by anymouse · 3 replies · 172+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 20, 2003 | DOUG SIMPSON
    NEW ORLEANS - NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe was to visit the Michoud Assembly Facility in eastern New Orleans on Thursday, showing his support to a factory that has been a focus of the investigation into the Columbia space shuttle disaster. Investigators have said a possible cause of the Feb. 1 accident was insulation foam from Columbia's external tank striking the shuttle's left wing during liftoff. The tank was assembled about two years ago at Michoud. O'Keefe was expected to visit the facility on Thursday as a "side visit" before traveling about 45 miles to the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi,...
  • What NASA rejected early in Columbia probe now back on table

    02/19/2003 10:10:50 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 234+ views
    Ha'aretz Daily ^ | 2/20/03 | AP - Space Center, Houston
    SPACE CENTER, Houston - In the days after Columbia's destruction, NASA officials made their case: The foam couldn't have caused that kind of damage. It wasn't ice or metal that flew off the fuel tank. The left wing was not breached. All that - and more - is back on the table and under the microscope, now that an investigation board is calling the shots. In the period since Columbia shattered 38 miles (61 kilometers) above Texas, both NASA managers and board members have cautioned that the investigation is in continual flux, with new information turning up all the time....
  • 'She has done us proud, beyond limits'

    02/19/2003 5:23:00 PM PST · by anymouse · 9 replies · 382+ views (India) ^ | February 03, 2003 | Shahid K Abbas
    Sanjay Chawla, brother of Kalpana Chawla, and her only relative still in India, spoke to in New Delhi: "Her achievements itself speaks volumes. Truly speaking I have no words. One thing is that she has done us proud, beyond limits. And, I think, subconsciously, we were all aware that this is the price that we might have to pay. "The last we spoke to her was two or three days prior to her launch. She said she was calling just to pass a quick hi to everybody. "I was present during her first launch and the way I was...
  • In Rememberance of STS-107

    02/19/2003 2:42:00 PM PST · by anymouse · 8 replies · 86+ views
    Rich Dann's Aviation World ^ | February 2003 | Rich Dann
    While boarding the USS Constitution in Boston Harbor on 1 February 2002, I was informed of the loss of Shuttle Columbia (OV-102) on its 28th Flight (STS-107). I was devestated by the loss of the orbiter, but more importantly, the crew. In the summer of 2001, I was asked by CDR Laurel Clark and Dr. Kalpana Chawla to assist in the design of the mission patch for their flight. With a few changes made by the crew, what you see is essentially the design that I came up with. The crew brought me over to their office, bought some pizzas,...
  • Step-by-Step: How Columbia's Wing Might have Failed and Why

    02/19/2003 8:25:52 AM PST · by snopercod · 28 replies · 336+ views ^ | February 19, 2003 | Jim Banke
    HOUSTON -- There are no firm answers yet as to exactly why shuttle Columbia broke apart Feb. 1, but with public hearings set to start next week, a new wave of theories is beginning to make the rounds.This week's best guess as to what happened involves a stripped heat protection panel from the leading edge of the left wing, taking into account two facts recently confirmed by the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, chaired by former Navy Admiral Hal Gehman. First, a major contributor to the loss of the vehicle and crew appears to be the presence of superheated air inside...
  • Columbia Crew, We Hardly Knew Ye

    02/17/2003 9:22:47 PM PST · by anymouse · 4 replies · 78+ views
    Fox News ^ | Thursday, February 13, 2003 | Rand Simberg
    <p>A number of commentators have pointed out that, prior to the loss of Columbia a couple of weeks ago, very few people could have named the crew members.</p> <p>Many didn't even know that there was a shuttle flight in progress, particularly because it was a relatively long mission (over two weeks) and memories of the earlier launch had faded.</p>
  • Reporting Tips: Dr. Kalpana C. Chawla, Astronaut (Columbia Memorial)

    02/16/2003 11:31:42 PM PST · by anymouse · 9 replies · 413+ views
    South Asian Journalists Association ^ | February 5, 2003 / 8:30 pm | Compiled by Sreenath Sreenivasan
    On this page: Bios, profiles, news stories, memorial services On Feb. 1, 2003, Indian-American Dr. Kalpana C. Chawla, 41, was one of seven astronauts killed on the Space Shuttle Columbia. This a site to help journalists cover her story. PRONUNCIATION: KULL-puh-na CHAO-la ("kull" rhymes with "hull" ... "puh" rhymes with the "puh" sound in "pundit"... "CHAO" rhymes with "ciao" or "chow") - journalists and senior government officials have been mispronouncing the name. MEANING OF HER FIRST NAME: among the meanings in Hindi - imagination, a dream, fantasy, something that is almost impossible to attaining. Ode for Kalpana By Ambassador Robert...
  • Data shows Columbia was still fighting to maintain control in final seconds

    02/15/2003 9:44:23 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 262+ views
    <p>HOUSTON - New information from 32 seconds of garbled data show that shuttle Columbia's flight control system was still trying to guide the orbiter even after NASA lost contact with the ship, the agency said Saturday.</p> <p>NASA has been working feverishly to resurrect information from the data, which Columbia continued to transmit after Mission Control lost contact with the seven-member crew on Feb. 1.</p>
  • Shuttle probe may reveal pattern of miscalculations / STS-107

    02/14/2003 8:50:36 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 253+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 2/14/03 | Curtis Morgan
    <p>At the dawn of the U.S. shuttle program, NASA engineers weighed the risks posed by nagging failures in the twin rocket boosters that propel the spacecraft into orbit.</p> <p>They quickly discovered severe heat damage in the O-rings designed to stop searing gas from spewing from joints in the rockets. NASA weighed the risks and decided the flaw was "tolerable," an analysis that held for 24 flights.</p>
  • Observation on TPS damage on Orbiter

    02/04/2003 1:34:19 AM PST · by bonesmccoy · 4,547 replies · 17,871+ views
    NASA photos | 2-3-03 | BoneMccoy
    In recent days the popular media has been focusing their attention on an impact event during the launch of STS-107. The impact of External Tank insulation and/or ice with the Orbiter during ascent was initially judged by NASA to be unlikely to cause loss of the vehicle. Obviously, loss of the integrity of the orbiter Thermal Protection System occured in some manner. When Freepers posted the reports of these impacts on the site, I initially discounted the hypothesis. Orbiters had sustained multiple impacts in the past. However, the size of the plume in the last photo gives me pause. I'd...
  • Clues, but no evidence, suggest Columbia's end began over West / STS-107

    02/13/2003 12:56:07 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 225+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 2/13/03 | AP - Houston
    <p>SPACE CENTER, Houston -- Investigators into the space shuttle disaster still believe important clues might be found in west Texas and points even farther West -- even though no debris has yet been found.</p> <p>The reason for their faith in the absence of evidence is a wealth of credible photographs, video recordings and eyewitness reports from California, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico. More than 1,500 photographs and videos of Columbia's re-entry have poured in to NASA.</p>
  • Columbia Reentry Observations

    02/13/2003 6:19:24 AM PST · by WSGilcrest · 20 replies · 1,271+ views ^ | 2003 February 12 (Wednesday) 20:00 PST | Brian Webb, KD6NRP
    ASTRONOMY/SPACE ALERT FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Brian Webb, KD6NRP Ventura County, California E-mail: Web Site: 2003 February 12 (Wednesday) 20:00 PST ---------------------------------------------------------------------- SPACE SHUTTLE REENTRY OBSERVATIONS In response to my request for observations of the February 1, 2003 Columbia reentry, I have received numerous reports. The following is a compilation of all of the usable accounts received. These reports have been edited for brevity and clarity. Many observers may sound upbeat about the disaster, but this is the result of my taking their comments out of context. Also, the location listed under an observer's name is that from which...
  • NASA Releases Tape of Final Conversation

    02/11/2003 6:34:10 PM PST · by RCW2001 · 24 replies · 348+ views
    NASA Releases Tape of Final Mission Control Conversation From Columbia Flight The Associated Press SPACE CENTER, Houston Feb. 11 — Engineers in Mission Control never lost their composure even as they lost hope that space shuttle Columbia would make it safely home.Conversations between the flight controllers, released Tuesday, suggests the engineers were waiting helplessly at Mission Control while Columbia came apart on the threshold of space, scattering debris across two states and killing seven astronauts.Flight director Leroy Cain quickly shifted his attention from landing the craft at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to saving computer data that might...
  • AUDIO: "Way Up There" (Columbia, STS-107 Memorial song)

    02/11/2003 8:44:32 AM PST · by anymouse · 4 replies · 100+ views
    NASA ^ | February 10, 2003 | Beth Beck
    The song, commissioned by NASA to celebrate the Centennial of Flight, was written by Tena R. Clark. At the Feb. 6 memorial service at the National Cathedral, Patti LaBelle sang it in tribute to the crew of Columbia. Patti LaBelle's studio version: - High-bandwidth (4.3 Mb MP3) - Low-bandwidth (1.6 Mb MP3)Gospel chorus version: - High-bandwidth (4.3 Mb MP3) - Low-bandwidth (1.6 Mb MP3)
  • Instructions for Uploading Digital Evidence to NASA

    02/11/2003 8:36:51 AM PST · by anymouse · 2 replies · 156+ views
    NASA ^ | February 02, 2003 | Mike Koester
    Instructions for Uploading Digital Evidence to NASA For anyone who has recorded video or taken photos that they believe may be of aid in the investigation of the Space Shuttle Columbia accident, NASA has established a special location on the Web where Internet users may upload their media files to be reviewed by NASA. Using the FTP method of your choice, log on to the server as "anonymous," using your e-mail address as your password. Example: User ID: anonymous Password: Along with any image or video file that you wish to upload, please include a text file containing...
  • Remembering a space pioneer - Columbia

    02/10/2003 9:07:07 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 145+ views
    SJ Mercury News ^ | 2/10/03 | Glennda Chui
    <p>It was America's first space shuttle, the one that proved it could be done -- that people could blast into space on a rocket and land like an airplane.</p> <p>The shuttle Columbia, known in NASA-speak as Orbiter Vehicle 102, got its name from a Boston-based sailing ship that sailed up the Columbia River in 1792 and later went around the world.</p>
  • Remains, Shuttle Gauges Found on Farm

    02/10/2003 8:37:30 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 106+ views ^ | 2/10/03 | Lisa Falkenberg - AP
    HEMPHILL, Texas -- Searchers found human remains and what appeared to be gauges and other Columbia components in a farmer's field Monday, while divers retrieved a chunk of metal from a reservoir where large pieces of the space shuttle may have splashed down. The 40-pound piece of circular metal -- about 2 1/2 feet in diameter and a foot thick -- was not immediately identified as a piece of the shuttle, said EPA spokesman Kevin Larson. Also Monday, a third person was charged with looting shuttle debris. Harrison County Constable Robert Hagan II, 45, had been helping with the recovery...
  • Nose Dock Six - Barksdale AFB

    02/10/2003 5:20:40 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 222+ views
    Large pieces of space shuttle Columbia debris sit wrapped on pallets at Nose Dock Six, Monday Feb. 10, 2003, at Barksdale Air Force Base, La.
  • Corrosion suggested in shuttle crash

    02/09/2003 5:30:25 PM PST · by No Truce With Kings · 5 replies · 220+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Feb. 9, 2003 | James Oberg
    Corrosion suggested in shuttle crash   Weakened wing may have been vulnerable to impact of debrisBy James ObergSPECIAL TO MSNBC.COM        IN RECENT DAYS, NASA officials have expressed their frustrated bafflement over the observed debris impact on Columbia’s left wing. They have repeated studies made during the flight and still come up with results that show the worst-case damage is still far short of a mortal wound that could have prompted the catastrophic failure of the wing.        If the falling insulating foam were the triggering event, some additional factor or factors must have been present,...
  • Panel Seeks to ID Object Near Shuttle / STS-107

    02/09/2003 11:18:11 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 184+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 2/9/03 | Marcia Dunn - AP
    SPACE CENTER, Houston - Investigators are trying to identify an object spotted near Columbia shortly after it reached orbit as they try to determine what caused the shuttle to break apart. Retired Adm. Harold W. Gehman Jr., who is leading an independent board investigating the disaster, told reporters Sunday that the tracking data from the U.S. Space Command Center in Nebraska could potentially be water that is routinely dumped from the shuttle, which then turned to ice. "It could well have been an on-orbit piece associated with the shuttle which was supposed to have been there," Gehman said. He stressed...
  • From Excitement to Horror: Columbia's Last Flight Online (New York Times)

    02/09/2003 4:02:34 AM PST · by leadpenny · 108 replies · 1,982+ views
    New York Times and Free Republic.Com | 9 Feb 03 | Tom Kuntz
    New York Times Week in Review From Excitement to Horror: Columbia's Last Flight Online By TOM KUNTZ The 1937 Hindenburg airship disaster was carried live to a large radio audience. The 1986 space shuttle disaster happened live on network television before millions of stunned viewers. Almost from the beginning, the 9/11 attacks were broadcast live worldwide. Last weekend's shuttle disaster also unfolded live, but the primary medium was arguably not radio or television. It was the Internet. A small audience of space enthusiasts learned of trouble in real time by tuning in to mission control in Houston via NASA...
  • Columbia Investigation Enters New Phase, Air Force Picture Adds Intrigue (Photo is Released)

    02/07/2003 7:58:21 PM PST · by Rain-maker · 136 replies · 400+ views ^ | 07 February 2003 | Jim Banke - Senior Producer, Cape Canaveral Bureau
    Columbia Investigation Enters New Phase, Air Force Picture Adds IntrigueBy Jim BankeSenior Producer, Cape Canaveral Bureauposted: 07:30 pm ET07 February 2003 CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Nearly one week after the space shuttle Columbia and crew was lost over Texas the investigation is moving on to a phase where officials say they will have little more that's new to offer, and instead will be looking at what they already think they know again and again."Early in the week we received bursts of data and information, but now there is not a lot of new information for me to report to...
  • Video: Shuttle may have shed debris over Arizona

    02/07/2003 12:53:57 PM PST · by 1ofmanyfree · 7 replies · 221+ views
    WFAA ^ | 02/04/2003 | BYRON HARRIS / WFAA-TV
    Video: Shuttle may have shed debris over Arizona 02/04/2003 By BYRON HARRIS / WFAA-TV NEWS 8 EXCLUSIVE There is now dramatic new evidence that the shuttle Columbia may have been in trouble before it disintegrated over Texas. The spacecraft's demise may have begun much farther west - captured on tape in Arizona. The sky over Wupatki National Monument was still dark Saturday morning when Scott and Chris Valentine got up early to shoot pictures of Columbia en route to a landing in Florida. The Valentines were space fans, so they knew where the shuttle was supposed to be at a...
  • NASA: 'Significant' Wing Part Found / STS-107

    02/07/2003 9:59:00 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 342+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 2/7/03 | Jamie Stengle - AP
    NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Debris crews found a large section of wing from the space shuttle Columbia that includes the wing's leading edge, though it wasn't clear which side of the shuttle it had be on, NASA (news - web sites) officials announced Friday. Mike Kostelnik, a deputy associate NASA administrator, called it "a significant recovery." "We do have a large piece of one of the wings," Kostelnik said. Given the unusual instrument readings coming from the shuttle during its descent moments before it broke up over Texas, particularly readings involving the left wing, "this structure is very important," he said....
  • Photos, video of shuttle flyby over Bay Area could be revealing / STS-107

    02/07/2003 8:59:54 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 1,197+ views
    SJ Mercury News ^ | 2/7/03 | AP - San Francisco
    <p>SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Trekking to the top of Mt. Hamilton, some 4,000 feet above the Silicon Valley, amateur astronomer Rick Baldridge took still photos and video footage on Feb. 1 of what he thought would be an uneventful re-entry flyover by the space shuttle Columbia.</p>
  • Newspaper: NASA looking into whether upper atmosphere electricity doomed Columbia

    02/07/2003 7:47:22 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies · 460+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 2/7/03 | AP
    <p>SAN FRANCISCO(AP) - Federal scientists are investigating whether electricity in the upper atmosphere might have doomed the space shuttle Columbia as it soared over California, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday.</p> <p>Investigators are also reviewing data recorded by a little-known network of instruments that might have detected a faint thunderclap at the same time a purplish bolt of lightning may have struck the shuttle high above Earth, the paper reported.</p>
  • Questions Arise Over Ingredient of Columbia Shuttle Insulation

    02/06/2003 1:54:56 PM PST · by GeneD · 10 replies · 263+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 02/06/2003 | Andrew C. Revkin
    Questions were raised yesterday about whether the foam that came off the shuttle Columbia's external fuel tank was a problem-plagued formulation that several years ago replaced the original insulating foam used on the shuttle fleet. NASA had sought a replacement because the original foam, called BX-250, contained a chemical, CFC-11, that was to be banned in 2001 because it harmed the ozone layer. The ban on chlorofluorocarbons, or CFC's, was required under an international treaty, the Montreal Protocol, and the Clean Air Act. Last night, some NASA officials and Republican Congressional staff members said that conservative and business groups were...
  • Debris found in West -- no shuttle link yet / STS-107

    02/06/2003 9:32:34 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 194+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 2/6/03 | Steve Wiegand and Herbert A. Sample
    <p>SANTA CRUZ -- Carol Fredrickson thinks a piece of tragedy washed up at her bare feet.</p> <p>Fredrickson, a Belton, Mo., woman who was visiting her sister on a weeklong vacation, was walking along Twin Lakes State Beach, just south of the Santa Cruz harbor, Tuesday afternoon when she noticed a 15-inch metal cylindrical object, marked with ruler-like lines and some numbers.</p>
  • NASA combs Bay Area

    02/06/2003 7:51:34 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 166+ views
    SJ Mercury News ^ | 2/6/03 | Brandon Bailey, David L. Beck and Joshua L. Kwan
    <p>A team of NASA experts collected objects from around California on Wednesday -- from a piece of metal tubing in Santa Cruz to a clump of insulating material in Fremont -- as authorities responded to a deluge of calls from people who thought they had found pieces of space shuttle Columbia.</p>
  • Shuttle crew knew debris hit Columbia

    02/05/2003 11:58:25 PM PST · by kattracks · 12 replies · 218+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 2/06/03 | Frank J. Murray
    <p>Columbia's crew was aware through most of its 16-day flight that debris that hit the underside of the space shuttle's left wing at launch posed a danger, but it never mentioned it during public transmissions, NASA said yesterday.</p> <p>NASA officials yesterday abandoned the theory of insulation foam hitting wing tiles as the cause of the disaster. Earlier this week, NASA had called the launch mishap "the leading candidate" for what caused the shuttle to break apart upon re-entry to the atmosphere.</p>
  • NASA probes 'electric zap' mystery photo:Former astronaut wowed by photo

    02/05/2003 6:50:15 PM PST · by gitmo · 189 replies · 5,193+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | February 5, 2003 | Joe Kovacs
    "Wow." That was astronaut Tammy Jernigan's stunned reaction last night when she viewed a photo of what appears to be space shuttle Columbia getting zapped by a purplish electrical bolt shortly before it disintegrated Saturday morning. Former astronaut Tammy Jernigan "It certainly appears very anomalous," Jernigan told the San Francisco Chronicle. "We sure will be very interested in taking a very hard look at this." The photo was one of five captured by an amateur astronomer in San Francisco who routinely snaps pictures of shuttles when they pass over the Bay area. The pictures were taken just seven minutes before...
  • NASA Backs Away From Foam Damage Theory

    02/05/2003 5:41:58 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 58 replies · 303+ views
    AP ^ | February 5, 2003 | MARCIA DUNN
    SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) -- After days of analysis, NASA backed away Wednesday from the theory that a piece of foam that struck Columbia during liftoff was the root cause of the space shuttle's disintegration over Texas. Shuttle program manager Ron Dittemore said investigators now are focusing more closely on the desperate effort of Columbia's automatic control system to hold the speed of the spacecraft stable despite an increasing level of wind resistance, or drag, on the left wing.Dittemore said that after a careful study of the damage possible from the fall of a chunk of foam insulation that was...
  • Senator: Concerned Columbia Crew took Pictures of Damaged Left Wing

    02/05/2003 1:23:55 PM PST · by ewing · 202 replies · 650+ views
    Florida ^ | Februrary 5, 2003 1:20PM | Staff Wire Report
    Crew members of the Space Shuttle Columbia were concerned about the orbiter's damaged left wing according to United States Senator George Allen. (Republican-Virginia)One of the crew members, Mission Specialist David Brown, sent e-mail messages to his brother Doug during the mission, Allen said. In those e-mails, David Brown said that the crew took pictures of the left wing because they were concerned about it, Allen said.The Senator was only repeating information he recieved from Doug Brown, said his spokeswoman, Carrie Cantrell. There was no phone listing for Doug Brown's home in Arlington and he could not be reached today. A...
  • Meteorite 'May Have Hit Shuttle'

    02/05/2003 3:18:21 PM PST · by blam · 61 replies · 636+ views
    Ananova ^ | 2-5-2003
    Meteorite 'may have hit shuttle' Nasa says a small meteorite or piece of man-made space junk may have struck the Columbia shuttle causing it to crash. Even a tiny scrap of debris grazing the shuttle could have damaged thermal tiles just enough to start a chain reaction. The comments by Milt Heflin, the space agency's flight director, cast doubt on the lead theory that a piece of foam insulation damaged the craft during blast off. "Did we take some hit? That's a possibility. Something was breached," he has told the Los Angeles Times. William Ailor, president of Aerospace Corporation, said...
  • Photos show odd images near shuttle...

    02/02/2003 4:46:45 PM PST · by seraphMTH · 81 replies · 963+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 2, 2003 | David Perlman
    <p>A San Francisco amateur astronomer who photographs the space shuttles whenever their orbits carry them over the Bay Area has captured five strange and provocative images of the shuttle Columbia just as it was re-entering the Earth's atmosphere before dawn Saturday.</p>
  • Southern N.M. facility might have information on Columbia

    02/05/2003 12:38:34 PM PST · by 1ofmanyfree · 23 replies · 280+ views
    The Daily Times | 02-05-03 | AP (unknown)
    Southern N.M. facility might have information on Columbia WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE (AP) — Monitoring systems at the White Sands Test Facility near Las Cruces could contain information about Saturday’s Columbia space shuttle disaster. The facility includes NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System, which records and transmits all data sent from space shuttles to the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Ron D. Dittemore. shuttle program manager for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, said Monday from Houston that he would send a team to White Sands to try to extract extra information. ‘it might just be that there’s a...
  • Space Shuttle Columbia Crew Studies Sprites and Elves

    02/05/2003 12:38:04 PM PST · by Shermy · 31 replies · 517+ views
    AP ^ | January 20, 2003
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Sprites and elves dancing on thunder clouds have been captured by cameras on the space shuttle Columbia. The sprites, which are red flashes of electricity shooting up from thunderclouds 13 miles (20 km) into the ionosphere, and elves, which are glowing red doughnut shapes radiating 190 miles (300 km), were photographed Sunday by astronaut Dave Brown on the sprite hunt's first orbit. Columbia and a crew of seven astronauts are on a 16-day science mission that began Thursday. The study of sprites is part of an Israeli experiment known as MEIDEX that includes the first...
  • NASA Defends Shuttle's Thermal Tiles / STS-107

    02/05/2003 12:13:36 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 73 replies · 214+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 2/5/03 | Paul Recer - AP
    NASA Defends Shuttle's Thermal Tiles 1 hour, 30 minutes ago Add Top Stories - AP to My Yahoo! By PAUL RECER, AP Science Writer SPACE CENTER, Houston - NASA (news - web sites) on Wednesday defended the thermal tile system that has come under suspicion in the space shuttle Columbia disaster, saying it has worked well for many flights. AP Photo (Reuters Video) (AP Video) Space Shuttle Columbia Special Coverage The space agency was warned in a technical report at least nine years ago that the heat-protection tiles on the undersides of the shuttle's wings were susceptible to damage...
  • NASA fears attack on shuttle carrying Israeli astronaut

    05/16/2002 6:53:40 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 22 replies · 275+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | 5/16/02
    The U.S. space agency NASA is concerned that the July launch of its space shuttle, which will include for the first time an Israeli astronaut, could become a target for a terrorist attack on July 19. Although American intelligence services have not received a specific warning, NASA sources told the ABC-TV network that they are worried that the shuttle, which will include Colonel Ilan Ramon, could be a target for a terrorist attack. According to ABC's report, NASA is afraid that a small plane may try and crash into the shuttle when it is on the launchpad. Since the September...
  • Orbiting supercameras aid search for shuttle debris

    02/04/2003 10:53:29 PM PST · by kattracks · 9 replies · 227+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 2/05/03 | Bill Gertz
    <p>U.S. spy satellites are taking high-resolution photographs to help locate debris from the Space Shuttle Columbia, Defense Department officials said yesterday.</p> <p>The images of the doomed spacecraft's flight path are being used by the National Aeronautical and Space Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to pinpoint pieces of the shuttle that disintegrated when returning from space Saturday, said Defense officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.</p>