Sat, Jul 12, 2003
Aero-News: Quote of the Day
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Aero-News Quote of the Day
"It tells me how widespread and deeply ingrained this
sense was that foam can't hurt an orbiter. The fact that this piece
of foam . . . is much, much larger than NASA's previous experience
is, of course, important, because it gets into the question of why
didn't that alarm the engineers in the program? That's kind of
basic to our investigation."
Source: Adm. Harold Gehman (USN, ret.), chairman of the
Columbia Accident Investigation Board, in his final formal briefing
Friday before the board submits its report on the shuttle disaster.
The fact that shuttle engineers considered a chunk of foam that hit
Columbia's left wing shortly after launch on January 16th "in the
family" of other debris hits and not even a remote threat to
Columbia indicates NASA needs to change its entire decision-making
process, Gehman said.
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