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Originally posted by WaterBottle
Originally posted by Tardacus
They should have informed the crew and let the crew decide what they wanted to do.
Suffocate or Incinerate...Choose one?
That'd be awful.
reply to post by WaterBottle
I'd rather not know I had a high chance of being incinerated. Wouldn't you?
Originally posted by Zaphod58
The ISS wasn't really a choice because then they would have been risking the ISS crew as well,
When the NASA official raised the question in 2003 just days before the accident that claimed seven astronauts' lives, managers thought - wrongly - that Columbia's heat shield was fine. It wasn't.
Originally posted by GogoVicMorrow
reply to post by unityemissions
I have to think that they could have prepped something, I don't care if it was a rocket with a pay load of scuba gear, something. When you consider that we have apparently gone to the moon, and you look at apollo 13, I just can't see them doing nothing.
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
If the shuttle wasn't launching with the intent of going there, aren't they short of fuel to do it by spur of the moment decision?
Originally posted by AwakeinNM
reply to post by TrueAmerican
I remember reading about this, and it would have taken too long to prep another shuttle for a rescue mission. Their O2 would have run out anyway. I don't think the ISS could have supported that large a crew for the time it would have taken them, either.
Although now that I am typing this, they might have been able to dock at the ISS and live in the shuttle, until a rescue shuttle could get there with replenishment for the ISS since they'd be severely depleted.
I wasn't there, though so what do I know.
Originally posted by Maxmars
There is a risk involved with participating in the kind of space program that launches a crew into space, without a redundancy plan for getting them back in a worst case scenario.
And frankly, for what little defense it provides; it is extremely difficult to anticipate some of these mishaps.... I take little comfort in that though... In theory they had the entire mission duration to enlist some aid from other space-faring communities, from any kind of intervention they could muster... and in the end only, they had to admit they could do nothing... and so did.
I wish we wouldn't be so inclined to use human tragedy as a descriptor of the culture which gave us the space program.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
reply to post by ngchunter
I couldn't remember if they had gone to the ISS on that mission or not. I knew if they hadn't they probably couldn't get to it, but I forgot the exact mission details.
Originally posted by TrueAmerican
And I think this speaks highly of theories that NASA WOULD NOT TELL US, if there were indeed a deadly asteroid inbound, and instead would choose to let those die in ignorance of their upcoming fate.