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NASA Grounds Shuttle Program, again

Gregg Bolinger
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So I am reading here about grounding the shuttle program and something in a quote just struck me as funny.


Call it luck or whatever, it didn�t harm the orbiter,� said shuttle program manager Bill Parsons. If the foam had broken away earlier in flight � when the atmosphere is thicker, increasing the acceleration and likelihood of impact � it could have caused catastrophic damage to Discovery.

We think that would have been really bad, so it�s not acceptable


Really? Would that have been really bad? You think? Brilliant people here. Anyway, I wish they would just ground the shuttles for life and just start getting to something better rather than fixing the problem now and waiting until 2010. We need a better and cheaper way of getting people and supplies to orbit, and probably a different way for people than for supplies. The Space Shuttle has been an amazing machine, but it's time to retire them.


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Is Discovery really safe now ? I deeply concern with the life of seven astronauts.

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Please dont laugh on reading my question.
The space shuttle was launched in Space, but where they will land it and do the necessary tasks ? Will it float, so that they can take phtographs of earth etc etc ..
[ July 28, 2005: Message edited by: Srinivasa Raghavan ]

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Gregg Bolinger
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Originally posted by Srinivasa Raghavan:
Please dont laugh on reading my question.
The space shuttle was launched in Space, but where they will land it and do the necessary tasks ? Will it float, so that they can take phtographs of earth etc etc ..

[ July 28, 2005: Message edited by: Srinivasa Raghavan ]


The shuttle doesn't land somewhere. It is an orbiter vessal meaning it is just made to orbit around the earth. This mission is a 12 day mission to test the changes they made since the Columbia disaster 2 years ago. It also docked with the International Space Station this morning to unload 12 tons of supplies to the 2 russian cosmonauts on board.
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[Gregg]: Really? Would that have been really bad? You think?

In that section of the article, there are at least two different people being quoted. It's not clear if they were talking with the reporter together at the same time (I doubt it) and it's not clear who said "catastrophic". I suspect that the person who said "that would have been really bad" said it in a separate conversation, and the reporter did not include the full context.


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[Gregg]: The shuttle doesn't land somewhere.

Um, so how do the astronauts eventually get back on terra firma?
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Originally posted by Jim Yingst:
[Gregg]: Really? Would that have been really bad? You think?

In that section of the article, there are at least two different people being quoted. It's not clear if they were talking with the reporter together at the same time (I doubt it) and it's not clear who said "catastrophic". I suspect that the person who said "that would have been really bad" said it in a separate conversation, and the reporter did not include the full context.


No, I watched the press conference. Parsons said "...catastrophic" then Wayne Hale immediatly said "That would have been bad".
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Originally posted by Jim Yingst:
[Gregg]: The shuttle doesn't land somewhere.

Um, so how do the astronauts eventually get back on terra firma?


Ok, they don't land somewhere in space. :roll:
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Thanks Gregg.
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Originally posted by Gregg Bolinger:


Ok, they don't land somewhere in space.


I think by definition no one ever lands anywhere in space. When you land, you're somewhere, right? Not in the space in between?

As the saying goes, "Wherever you go, there you are."


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There is a really good show on the National Geographic Channel called Seconds from Disaster. One of the episodes dealt with the Columbia disaster. The amazing thing is how everyone simply ignored the problem, simply assuming that the insulation was so light that it couldn't do any damage without even checking to see if that belief was true.


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Originally posted by Thomas Paul:
There is a really good show on the National Geographic Channel called Seconds from Disaster..


Really good?? I suppose if you've got the attention span of a goldfish and need a recap of the programs progress so far EVERY 120 seconds!!! its a good program!

Why do they do this? Its takes up a 1 hour time slot - thats 10 minutes of adverts, 20 minutes of FOX evil cross-promotions and about 15 minutes of recapping what they've already told you!! If you cut the crap out of these programs they could get through them in 15 minutes and we'd all be a lot less frustrated!

The way these programs go reminds me of the old game:
person1: "I went to market and bought Oranges"
person2: "I went to market and bought Oranges and Apples"
person3: "I went to market and bought Oranges, Apples and Bananas"
person1: "I went to market and bought Oranges, Apples, Bananas and Pears"
etc etc etc....
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Originally posted by Adrian Wallace:
Really good?? I suppose if you've got the attention span of a goldfish and need a recap of the programs progress so far EVERY 120 seconds!!!
I guess I have the attention span of a goldfish since I find the recaps helpful in understanding how the disaster occurred.
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Originally posted by Gregg Bolinger:


Ok, they don't land somewhere in space. :roll:


But somebody told me they landed on ISS (International Space Station)
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Is the space shuttle larger than the space station? It may be equally valid to say "The ISS landed on the Space Shuttle", although I think they refer to it as docking .
 
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