Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Dark_Convoy, Aug 12, 2007.
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Edit: nevermind! its working now.
It's crazy what a piece of foam can do.
They really need to build spaceships that can survive being hit by a piece of styrofoam.
They said it wasn't as bad as suspected, because it was just foam and not a chunk of ice like they thought.
Edit: holy crap that was a really bad/unfortunate typo
I am no NASA scientist or claim to be anywhere remotely close to one. But I have to ask this as a management standpoint: Isn't this like the fourth time there was a problem caused by the foam?
First, it's not styrofoam. Second, it's traveling at bullet like speeds in comparison to the shuttle. Third it's not styrofoam.
Oh great, here we go again. Let's hope for a happier resolution this time around.
I know I'll likely end up with a double post but I don't care...
The reason for the foam being there is that the fuels that are used are at very low temperatures. Without insulation the tanks that the fuel are stored in would have inches of ice on them. And that ice would easily shed during launch, and is very hard in comparison to the foam. Even with the foam there still is a chance of icing, and that's why there are ice crews that inspect before the launch.
And the only reason that the foam is now such an issue, is because of the last shuttle accident was due to a foam shedding incident.
The fourth one that they know of - before Columbia was lost, NASA didn't even check for such damage. Hopefully the crew will return to Earth safely.
Amen to that.
Well technically the foam has only caused a problem once, and that's when the Colombia was lost. Ever since then they've noticed it happen more times, but it's likely that this foam has been flying off and hitting the shuttle well before Colombia was destroyed.
Correct me if I'm wrong on this, but this heat shielding that was damaged isn't exactly something thats made to withstand a high speed impact (just intense heat), right?
Why do we continue to fly to space on 20+yo tech? It seems every launch on the past few years has had a problem.
GODDAMNIT! Retire the shuttle already!
Losing the Columbia should have been the end of the shuttle IMO. And every mission since then they have noticed this damage if I'm not mistaken.
One of the last times I can remember crying was after the Columbia event, so even 4 and a half years latter its still present in my mind.
i heard about this on the news
And abandon the ISS?
Without the shuttle we'd end up with a mostly worthless space station. Most of the construction up to this point has been to get things ready for all of the laboratories where the real science will be done. After construction is finished, the Orion modules will be able to do all of the crew transfer stuffs that will be necessary. The only thing that the Orion/Ares system is going to lack is a good work platform setup.
Didn't one of our shuttles like... explode because of foam or something?
the challenger 22 years ago i remember it
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