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Old 07-27-2005, 08:03 PM   #1
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Shuttle Program Grounded AGAIN!

SPACE CENTER, Houston NASA said Wednesday it is grounding future shuttle flights because foam debris that brought down Columbia is still a risk and might have doomed Discovery if the big chunk of broken insulation had come off just a bit earlier and slammed into the spacecraft.

A large chunk of foam flew off Shuttle Discovery's (search) external fuel tank just two minutes after liftoff Tuesday morning. Shuttle managers do not believe it hit the shuttle, posing a threat to the seven astronauts when they return to Earth. But they plan a closer inspection of the spacecraft to be sure.

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Old 07-28-2005, 01:10 AM   #2
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I doubt there will be any more flights away with us needing to rebuild Iraq.

Also Nasa cannot afford another Mishap ! Not with private partys doing it much cheaper !
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Old 07-28-2005, 10:59 AM   #3
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Imagine what those astronauts in space must be thinking of the grounding of the whole program while they're up there!
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Old 07-28-2005, 12:12 PM   #4
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All indications are that the orbiter is in good shape. A hunk of foam came off of the solid rocket booster but did not hit Discovery. They have all kinds of cameras and sensors to check the ship (computers/visual inspections) and are saying it looks very good, so they should feel okay about their ride home.
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Old 07-28-2005, 12:22 PM   #5
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The thing that bothered me is that a few days before they sent it up, they were naming various problems with it but saying that they weren't going to let those problems stop them from launching. What will they say to those people's families and to the world if something horrible goes wrong? Even if it is totally unrelated to the problems they mentioned, those things would be on everyones' minds. I just pray nothing does go wrong.

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Old 07-28-2005, 12:25 PM   #6
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...as do we all.

The thing is... all the families know that their loved one is in a very dangerous job (sometimes spectacularly dangerous). They've all seen what has happened in the past and, knowing what they know NOW, they would have probably still supported the decision to fly.
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Old 07-28-2005, 08:21 PM   #7
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Hey! You guys wanna see danger??!!! Eat 5 cloves of roasted garlic, a half pound of GREAT sauerkraut and 12 beers the night before you stand up in a wedding!
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barbara those are my thoughts exactly too.
sush... ewwwwwwwwww lol
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Old 07-28-2005, 08:27 PM   #9
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Old 07-30-2005, 01:20 PM   #10
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Danger to the extreme, eh Sush? I would expect nothing less, my brutha! As far as the Discovery goes and I really, really, really hate to say this but I think it's time to call it quits and say farewell to the Shuttle Program. NASA is saying that there shouldn't be any problems during re-entry but any sign of damage to the tiles, no matter how small isn't worth risking the lives of the crew but that's how I look at this, I'm certainly no expert. The current scenario goes something like this: If the Discovery is deemed unsafe for re-entry, the crew boards the ISS and then NASA will attempt to fly the Discovery back via remote control in a descent that would allow them to put the shuttle into the Pacific if something goes wrong. Then Atlantis would be launched with a crew of three to bring the Discovery crew back. I would rather see the Soyuz used because they've been pretty reliable so far and I don't think we need to risk another shuttle and ten lives. I'm a HUGE fan of NASA and the Shuttle Program but I think they should quit while they're ahead. I hope that I'm wrong!
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