posted on Jun, 26 2003 @ 09:15 AM
The Discovery Channel ran a special on the Columbia last night which detailed the making of the tiles which protect her from re-entry heat and one
thing I never knew was hos fragile they are but man, they really dissipate heat quickly. Carbon/Carbon alloys protect the nose and leading edges of
the wings where the heat is far more intense than the rest of the ship. If the tiles are this fragile, there may be a chance that the debris from the
foam insulation might have damaged them. I just have a feeling there is more to it than this.