Re: OT: The Columbia

Subject: Re: OT: The Columbia
From: Jan Henning <henning -at- r-l -dot- de>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2003 15:41:02 +0100

I understand that there's no other alternate
procedure for re-entry.

In principle, there are variosu alternate procedures:

- Repairing the damage in space

- Taking refuge in the ISS

- Transferring to another shuttle

In this concrete case, however, none of these procedures would have been available:

- None of the astronauts was trained in working outside the shuttle, and there weren't any thermal tiles on board anyway.

- The Columbia couldn't dock at the ISS. (Don't know if it would have been reachable with available fuel.)

- As far as I know, no emergency shuttle was available. (But maybe they could have prepared one had the seriousness of the damage been known right after the start?)

Jan Henning

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