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- STS-121 The Hardest Launch Part 4: Damage to the Heatshield waynehale.wordpress.com/2019/06/24/sts… https://t.co/epqm5xnolv 21 hours ago
- RT @RICE_OEDK: Hmmm...the background of these pictures look familiar! A Woman’s Place is in the “Kitchen”! facebook.com/story.php?stor… 1 day ago
- Best of luck to Annie, David, and Oleg. Safe landings! 1 day ago
- Really pleased to watch Adam aka Elvis talk about Mars 2020 on @CBSSunday just now. Yeah, Jim What’s-his-name did OK too 😉@JimBridenstine 2 days ago
- RT @Carbon_Flight: On Monday, the #Starliner flight control team simulated a number of launch scenarios with @ulalaunch. Today we simulate,… 5 days ago
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The ultimate controversy at the STS-121 Flight Readiness Review was the potential of fatal damage to the space shuttle during launch from foam loss from the External Tank. The possibility of a replay of the loss of Columbia was the … Continue reading
“The popular mind often pictures gigantic flying machines speeding across the Atlantic carrying innumerable passengers in a way analogous to our modern steam ships . . . it seems safe to say that such ideas are wholly visionary and even … Continue reading
I’ve been passionate about space exploration from my earliest memories. According to my mother, Sputnik was event that captured my imagination when I was 3. Well before Apollo I had decided the only career for me was in the space … Continue reading
Returning to the history of the hardest shuttle launch I ever participated in, we earlier visited with the circumstances leading to the delayed launch of STS-121, the second test flight after the loss of Columbia and with the electrical sensor … Continue reading
Scotty : Oh, you didn’t tell the captain how long it would really take, ya? Oh, laddie. You’ve got a lot to learn if you want people to think of you as a miracle worker. In July of 2005 we … Continue reading
My entire professional career I have heard warnings about ‘launch fever’. When a team works on a space project for a long time – months, years sometimes – pouring heart and sweat into it, launch day is the worst time. … Continue reading