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Originally posted by Crakeur
In the case of the Columbia, I'm not sure if they were aware of any problems that might result in the ship breaking up as it did. Once again, I doubt if they could have done anything to stop it.
Originally posted by drogo
nasa as far as i can see has never had any contengency plans. it was you go up hope you make it back. i felt releaved when the international space station was to have an escape systom, (an apaparantly new idea in space exploration appart from sci-fi). does anyone know if the escape ship is in place?
one thing that has always intriqued me. why don't they launch a space vehicle from a high altitude mothership? would this not save millions on launches as well as increase the safty factor at launch? not to mention cutting down launch turnaround times?
i admit i am no rocket scientist but i have always loved aircraft. this just seems like basic logic to me. or am i missing something?