Originally posted by bpg131313
In the end, it was determined to be too risky with too many untested elements that could put additional astronauts lives in jeopardy.
You are implying that many in mission control KNEW about the danger and considered other options, then disregarded the other options as "too
This is nothing than conspiracy blah-blah, there is not one bit of evidence for that.
What we know is that very few individuals were concerned after they learned about the tile hit on start, but even THOSE people who voiced concerns
about the tile hit ULTIMATELY decided that it does NOT pose any danger to the mission.
You can spin conspiracy tales as long as you want, fact is that at the point when Columbia was about to return NO ONE in NASA suspected a problem -
therefore we can also assume that NASA did not play through certain scenarios to "save the crew" and disregarded them as "too risky". This just your
Furthermore, be assured that *if* NASA at some point WOULD have determined there was indeed danger to the mission, I am 100% convinced that NASA, the
crew and anyone involved would have done anything trying to save the crew, NO MATTER WHAT IT WOULD HAVE TAKEN, they would have attempted anything when
it would have had only a slight chance of success.
All the rest is nothing but NASA conspiracy fairy tales.
The more interesting question is actually what IF many in NASA would have known that the re-entry would be disastrous - whether there WERE actually
things to do which could have saved them.
I think reaching ISS was not possible, that's what i read.
But then I do think there were options, such as indeed sending a support capsule up there (Russians maybe)...attempting a repair from outside
etc..etc... I mean I am not an astronaut so I don't know, but I THINK there would've been some options. And I don't think that NASA would have just
said "Well..we can't do anything anyway, so let's just burn them up in the atmosphere". For many, many reasons not.
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