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We Have A Problem

I wonder how you are able to clean yourself up when you shit your pants in zero gravity.

NASA officials said Wednesday they would ground future space shuttle flights because foam debris that brought down Columbia is still a risk.

A sizable chunk of foam insulation flew off the shuttle Discovery’s fuel tank during liftoff on Tuesday, NASA officials said. They do not believe it hit the orbiter, posing a threat to the seven astronauts when they return to Earth. But they plan a closer inspection of the shuttle to be sure.

The loss of a chunk of debris, a vexing problem NASA thought had been fixed, represents a tremendous setback to a space program that has spent 2 1/2 years and more than $1 billion trying to make the 20-year-old shuttles safe to fly.

“We won’t be able to fly again” until the hazard is removed, Bill Parsons, shuttle program manager, told reporters in a briefing Wednesday evening. “Obviously we have some more work to do.”

Perhaps the “Damn the torpedoes” attitude they took forcing the launch at all costs wasn’t the brightest idea after all.

Posted by Lee on 07/27/05 at 06:37 PM in Science and Technology • Permalink

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