View Full Version : Discussion: Next Shuttle Will Fly in March 2006

2005-Aug-23, 06:29 PM
SUMMARY: Even after all their safety improvements, NASA engineers weren't able to completely solve the problem of foam shedding off the space shuttle's external fuel tank. During Discovery's launch a large piece flew off; fortunately it completely missed the orbiter, but the risk remains. In order to give engineers time to come up with a solution, NASA is targeting March 2006 for Discovery to return to the launch pad and continue construction of the International Space Station.

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2005-Aug-23, 06:35 PM
"Do you think we should try it again?" asked Orville.
"Of course, we didn't build this thing, just to give up when it looked too hard." replied Wilbur.

"... not because they are easy, but because they are hard!" JFK, 1961.

Mark Yannone
2005-Aug-24, 02:37 AM
Nanocarbon fiber webbing embedded in the foam will keep it in place.

2005-Aug-24, 06:56 AM
That doesn't sound too good :( The ISS building will be quite slown down.

Pete from St Pete
2005-Aug-24, 01:24 PM
Tell them to use duct tape. It works on everything else. :)