Space shuttle

James Iwanek chthon at
Wed Feb 5 11:56:01 PST 2003

Matthew Burgess wrote:

> "Ian Molton" <spyro at> wrote in message
> news:20030205192640.59223304.spyro at
>> On Wed, 5 Feb 2003 18:13:05 +0000 (UTC)
>> do3 at (Dan Osterrath) wrote:
>> > 1. There were no space suits at all at the Columbia.
>> Criminally stupid. If I was a member of the astronauts family, I'd
> sue.
>><snip the details pointing to a completely inadequate risk assessment
> being carried out>
>> > 7. As there were no space suits and no material for repairing the
> wing
>> > at the shuttle trying to land was the only possible solution.
>> Interesting about the 'glue' problem. I wonder why they dont come up
>> with something that can set in a vacuum? its not like we cant test
>> compounds in a vacuum down here on earth...
> Maybe instead of suing NASA/whoever (suing's done by everyone now) the
> astronaut's families should put some of the NASA officials in the vacuum
> along with the adhesive compound that you want to test.  Cut them up
> into little pieces and say "oh well, it might not work but we'll cut
> them up anyway".  Too bad that nowadays the punishment never fits the
> crime eh? (but that's a completely different topic altogether).
> Matt.

well when testing glue you need "something" to stick back together - why not
try to put them back together in space - then its practical too ;-)

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