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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA finally knows what caused the cracking in space shuttle Discovery's fuel tank, a potentially dangerous problem that likely existed on the previous flight, managers said Tuesday.
Discovery's final voyage has been on hold since the beginning of November. If the remaining repair work goes well, the shuttle could fly to the International Space Station as early as Feb. 24.
Originally posted by Aliensun
reply to post by liejunkie01
Let's hope they cancel these last two flights. I had difficulty finding the total number of flights, but according to finally going to Wikipedia, I found a list of 132 flights over the 29 years. At another place I found a statistical chart that shows that the shuttle is due for another failure. Currently, the actual failure rate is 2 out of 132. Would you get in that crate for those odds? Would you get in your car or fly commerciall for those odds?
Spread over 29 years, the losses do not seem so bad, but suppose they were all done within a year's time? That would be one flight every 2.8 days. That would mean that we would have had two failures within that year and the stats indicate another is due.
The shuttle never has been safe. It has been a cover for its real replacement that nobody wants to think about, talk about or admit to being evenly remotely possible. I speak of the triangles and related vehicles.edit on 12-1-2011 by Aliensun because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by liejunkie01
reply to post by gandalphthegrey
I beg to differ, in it's hey day the shuttle was a symbol of our national pride. The space shuttle is the most complicated machine built on earth. There are going to be problems when you have millions of parts. It is a money pit, like the old Pinto or Elcamino, but at least we had something to show for the overinflated budget. Now there will be no shuttle, but the same amount of waste. I would rather have it flying for a little pride, then to rely on the Russians.