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Author Topic: Columbia Rescue Plan  (Read 2662 times)
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« on: February 27, 2014, 08:12:45 AM »

The audacious rescue plan that might have saved space shuttle Columbia -
the untold story of the rescue mission that could have been NASA's finest hour.

http://arstechnica.com/science/2014/02/the-audacious-rescue-plan-that-might-have-saved-space-shuttle-columbia/
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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2014, 11:18:50 AM »

Best technical article on NASA in years.  Thanks.
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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2014, 05:23:15 PM »

The external tank was painted during the early shuttle program,
later on the paint procedure was discontinued to save weight and cost.

Not sure if the paint would have helped keep the foam in place
or if any foam did break away with the tank painted.

73 james
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« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2014, 01:13:15 PM »

Interesting story.

I saw Columbia's first and last flights. In 1981, I was on the lake bed at Edwards AFB and saw the landing up close and stood less than 20 feet from astronauts John Young and Bob Crippen when they spoke following touchdown.

Before sunrise on February 1, 2003 my friend and I watched Columbia's reentry from Thousand Oaks, Calif. I thought it was really something to have seen a manned spacecraft reentry. After I reached home some 20 minutes later, I heard an ominous report on the radio that Columbia was overdue at the Kennedy Space Center and that an eyewitness had reported that the shuttle "appeared to have two tails."

A very sad day.

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Brian Webb, KD6NRP
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