posted on Apr, 6 2005 @ 11:46 AM
If NASA had any sense at all they would ground Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavor, put them into museums and never let them leave the ground again.
The whole shuttle program should have been scrapped before it began.
Both shuttle accidents were due to human error.
Challenger because NASA ignored engineers telling them not to launch in freezing conditions.
And Columbia because NASA knew there was a possibility the tiles had been damaged during launch and they still allowed those poor seven astrounauts
re-enter the earths atmosphere with a chance of burning up.
The rest of the shuttle fleet should only be allowed to re-enter service if:
1.The astronauts are given neccasary training and equiipment to repair damaged tiles whilst in orbit.
2.During each mission, the shuttle is given enough fuel to reach the ISS incase of damage to the tiles which cannot be repaired by someone on
3.There is a second shuttle on stand by,ready to launch within a couple of hours. The second shuttle could either rescue the astronauts from the ISS
or even a shuttle to shuttle rescue!
I have posted this link before but im posting it again because it gives so much info on why the shuttles are useless.
The article was written in 1980, one year before Columbia flew the first shuttle mission, and yet it describes the exact way that Columbia would burn
up on re-entry. (Not a prediction just someone realising how badly designed the shuttles heatshield is.