Re: OT: The Columbia

Subject: Re: OT: The Columbia
From: "Bonnie Granat" <bgranat -at- editors-writers -dot- info>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2003 15:45:11 -0500

----- Original Message -----
From: "Alan Bucher" <bucherino -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Sent: February 03, 2003 02:47 PM
Subject: RE: OT: The Columbia

| The NASA guy in the press conference said that:
| a) The Columbia mission was not prepped or trained for a spacewalk.
| b) Even if they were, the astronauts have no ability to swing around
| the bottom of the shuttle and examine its underside. (Spacewalks are
| largely confined to the area surrounding the payload bay, which on
| this flight didn't even contain the robot arm.)
| c) Even if they could do a "walk-around", there are no existing
| procedures for repairing tiles while in space.
| Also, with regard to aborting the mission, my understanding is that
| the foam breaking off wasn't a spectacular and obvious event, and
| that it took them time to examine the video and determine what
| happened. So there would have been no time during the launch for
| someone to have fully understood what happened, what its implications
| were, and to have hit the abort button.

My information is that the *fact* of the insulation breaking off wasn't even
noticed until more than a day after the launch as they were reviewing the
launch tapes.

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