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Fraser
2005-Oct-05, 07:48 AM
SUMMARY: Since it was released yesterday, I've had a chance to read most of the Columbia Accident Investigation Report (I'm a little sleepy), not just because I'm supposed to, but because it's a great read. Seriously, this is one of the best written books about the current state of human spaceflight that I've ever seen. It delves into the history of the space shuttle and the culture of NASA. Most of what you read on the web and in print about the shortcomings of human spaceflight is very 1-dimensional, but this report has a very comprehensive discussion about the unfair constraints placed on NASA, shortcomings of the shuttle's design and the agency's own distorted culture.

Don't wait for me to give you an analysis, read the report with your own eyeballs and brain. It gets a little technical in Chapter 3 where it provides evidence on how foam destroyed the shuttle, but even that has been done with the non-technical person in mind. The recommendations in this report are going to have wide-ranging implications about the future of spaceflight, and will likely shake up NASA, the space shuttle program, and many other aspects of space exploration. This report could cause the US to turn its back on space exploration (although, Bush just said it won't), or return to the challenge with renewed energy and vision.

Here's a link to that page that contains the report.

Then, come join me and other Universe Today readers as we discuss this in the forum. I'll warn you up front, though, I'm going to be nagging everyone to read the report. Read it!

Fraser Cain
Publisher
Universe Today


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cran
2005-Oct-06, 12:08 AM
Tried the view full article link and got a 'url not found' ... will have to come back to it.

Duane
2005-Oct-06, 07:03 PM
This is an old story cran, the link is probably dead.

cran
2005-Oct-06, 10:46 PM
Thanks Duane...
that's what I get for surfing the unread posts...:o

Thanatos
2005-Oct-07, 07:46 AM
Challenger and Columbia are classic examples of the human psychological blind spot. NASA fell victim to ritualistic imprinted behavior... Every time we danced around the campfire in the past, we had successful buffalo hunts, so what does snow have to do with campfires? [is that too obtuse?]