View Full Version : Shuttle Program's Flaws Will Be Revealed

2005-Sep-14, 12:51 AM
SUMMARY: Investigators working to determine the cause of the space shuttle Columbia disaster are expecting to reveal some serious problems with NASA's program that oversees shuttle safety. The investigation team interviewed 72 NASA employees and contractors over a period of months and learned there were serious gaps in the agency when it came to safety. Some inspections had been removed to cut costs; quality assurance staff weren't allowed to perform "spot checks"; and the agency was using hopelessly outdated testing equipment.

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2005-Sep-14, 10:25 AM
Hmmm. Another 404 error.

("I swear - it just came off in my hand...!")

Is NASA becoming too political, having to compromise integrity in order to gain funding and survive?

Are the executive personnel focused on Washington instead of space?

I don't know, but I'm worried that we had CHALLENGER to highlight problems, then COLUMBIA showed once more we hadn't gotten things right, and we still don't seem to have gotten the message through.