Space shuttle

Dan Osterrath do3 at
Wed Feb 5 04:52:14 PST 2003

> That's presuming that they know something's wrong... IIRC, the re-entry
> (next to the take-off) really is the final test, putting the heaviest
> strain on the rocket. There's nothing they can do anyway during the period
> of re-entry, only enjoy some flashes of their lives, or whatever one
> thinks off in such moments.

But they knew that at the start the left wing's heat shield was damaged. 
Unfortunately they didn't calculate the risk as high as it probably was.

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