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Originally posted by Scylding
Originally posted by puppet
Did anyone else see that bird hit the fuel tank during lift off?
HE HE HE HILARIOUS!!!
Originally posted by GEORGE
The Apollo program launched 10 manned Saturn 5's from 1968 to 1972 with no loss of life...
Originally posted by valkeryie
Just heard on CNN there is significant tile damage. Let hope not. Looked like a little spot to me but guess it wouldn't take much. They can repair this now can't they?
Originally posted by TheShroudOfMemphis
What's the significance of this flight?
What are they up to while they are out in space?
I haven't been following it at all but i've seen news reports that they were having some troubles before launch and then because of that the launch was live on TV around the world and the news are sticking with it.
Is it just me, or does this feel like the media want another explosion?
Maybe having another failure could change the space industry and lead into the new technology they suppose to have? More funding, new technology, bit of excitement and the space industry is reborn?
bit of excitement and the space industry is reborn
Originally Posted By Oswald
...and how much is this "test" costing us? While I dig watching the Shuttle and would love to see NASA/JPL probe deeper into space, these missions don't hold much value any longer. The equipment is outdated, regardless of the "upgrades" and amount of money that is sunk into the orbiter to make it "safe" and ready to fly.
Originally posted by MickeyDee
NASA's whole reputation depended on this flight being a success
If there was another accident involving the shuttle public confidence in NASA would go down the drain instantly.....
It was a mission to restore faith in the minds of the public and everyone involved in the space program!
Originally posted by sminkeypinkey
I don't doubt that there are Russians who question the resources they invest in space too but I'd bet the house that they don't run their program like an absurd extension of their TV ratings!
Originally posted by djohnsto77
You're funny sminkey.
actually Russians sell advertising space in their mission control centers that can be seen on TV to raise money for their program.
Nasa is looking into two debris events. There are video frames apparently showing a piece of heatshield tile breaking off from the underside of the shuttle.
It was this that left the 4cm-wide white spot near the nose landing-gear doors.
Originally posted by SiberianTiger
Check this ifo out this is about what REALY happened to Columbia back in 03 homepage.ntlworld.com...
Claims by NASA that a ten-pound chunk of soft water-resistant foam caused “severe damage to the heat tiles on Columbia’s port [left] wing" are absurd. At the time the foam broke away from the main fuel tank, shortly after launch, Columbia had a velocity of only 513-mph, rendering the oblique glancing impact of the soft foam completely insignificant.
The heat tiles are even designed in such a way that if you lose a few [and some have been lost in the past], the Shuttle will easily survive to fly another day.
Ask yourself what happens to a car tire if it gets way too hot. It explodes, doesn’t it? And when one or more steel-reinforced tires explode, they hurl large chunks of debris all over the place.