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Shuttle Flight Director on Columbia Disaster

Started by RussCarroll, 02/01/2013 03:42PM
Posted 02/01/2013 03:42PM | Edited 02/02/2013 08:03AM Opening Post
Very sobering article. Space flight is not for the faint of heart:

http://www.weather.com/news/science/shuttle-columbia-anniversary-20130201

Here is "lessons learned" post from Wayne on his blog:

http://waynehale.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/after-ten-years-enduring-lessons/

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Posted 02/01/2013 10:50PM #1
Russ:

Interesting... Thanks for finding that and posting the links.

Jon
Posted 02/02/2013 09:04AM #2
During the last flight of Columbia I remember seeing a newspaper photo taken by astronaut Ilan Ramon. The shot was looking out one of the windows and it showed the leading edge of a wing. There was some kind of mark or deformity on the wing, and I find it hard to believe that the crew was unaware of it -- they had to know that something might be amiss.

The communication link to shuttles was encrypted, so we may never know the full extent of the conversations that took place between the crew and mission control. They were all professionals and knew the risks, does anyone believe they were kept in the dark until the end?

Jim McSheehy