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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...