Shuttle Humor, Risk Estimation
tcmay at got.net
Mon Feb 3 18:21:58 PST 2003
On Monday, February 3, 2003, at 03:01 PM, Harmon Seaver wrote:
> The biggest question there is why didn't they inspect it? Seems
> bizarre, since that's what they did in the past.
That's what they _reported_ later that they did in the past...there
certainly was no public announcement that Keyhole satellites were being
tasked to look at the shuttle tiles.
One might assume that they did in fact look at the tiles this time
around, noted the damage, reported to Admiral Poindexter the "toast"
conclusion, and that was that.
Had the landing gone OK, we would have been hearing about how NASA had
verified that little damage had occurred.
Now, it's "we didn't have a chance to look, but even if we had, there
was nothing anyone could do, so we didn't look."
(Of course, there is _much_ they could have done, including coming in
at a more westerly landing site, either Edwards or White Sands. Or,
with about 10 days of advance notice, Atlantis could have been ready
for launch and rendezvous to take the crew off, and perhaps even to
transfer fuel to let Columbia go into a higher parking orbit until
repairs could be arranged.)
But the ostrich was strutting and now NASA is dying.
"Dogs can't conceive of a group of cats without an alpha cat." --David
Honig, on the Cypherpunks list, 2001-11
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