posted on Feb, 1 2003 @ 12:47 PM
Most likely (I'm willing to be everything on it) the shuttle simply lost a key tile on re-entry, as stated below it's not uncommon for shuttles to
lose tiles as they come in, but never until possibly now, have the most important tiles been removed during re-entry.
Anyways, none of this ever would have happend so "tragically" if it weren't for the skimpy ass space budget. A whimpy 8 billion dollars a year to
manned space flight, when in the 60s an equivalent of 114 billion dollars a year was being put into manned missions.
The shuttles have been flying on a shoe-string budget ever since Challenger, it's amazing not all of them have blown up by now, considering every
re-entry each shuttle sheds a bunch of its tiles like a snake its skin, and they must each be customly remade and replaced.
America and indeed the whole world needs to pay more attention to space exploration, it is our ONLY future, and it's struggling hard with all this
lack of attention.
When everyone here went to bed most nobody knew who that Israeli was, it really is getting annoying that the only time the space program gets
attention, is when it kills a bunch of people, then everyone is shocked "Ohhh nooo" not because it is indeed a dangerous business and every death is
a step backwards, but because most of the people didn't even know the damn shuttle was up there.