posted on Jul, 28 2005 @ 12:33 AM
hmmm...this isn't the kinda news I was hoping for.
At least the orbiter didn't get hit...which means there a very high chance that they will make it back alive.
It kinda pisses me off when nasa has years and billions to get it going good and only to relize that after all there foam research and work that a 2
foot slab can come flying off.
maybe they should of just spent the 2 1/2 years not worring about the foam and consentrating on putting the orbiter at the top of the stack config,
that way the foam chunks are a thing of the past.
but whats done is done. This is the first time there has ever being the external tank camera, so who knows, these large chunk could have being flying
off on every mission and have only hit the orbiter once (columbia).
I dont think they should ground the shuttles because no damage happened...I think Nasa is getting so affraid of messing up that there getting to
and if/when Atlantis lifts off and a chunk does hit the orbiter at least we will have so many cameras on it (over 100) that we will know all the
details and fix it while in space, Nasa has said that the orbiter has the ability to stay docked with the ISS for 2 months, so incase a problem arises
that they dont have the materials for then the next shuttle to be launched can bring it up with them and give it to the other shuttle crew so they can