Alert NEWS:COLUMBIA BREAKS UP!

Discussion in 'Astronomy, Exobiology, & Cosmology' started by Cthulhu, Feb 1, 2003.

  1. Cthulhu Banned Banned

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    Shuttle Crash!!!

    Just heard the news. Rescue teams are on the way. NASA TV has some details.
     
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  3. Eli Z Registered Senior Member

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    DAMN! DAMN! DAMN!
     
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  5. Brad Rules Registered Senior Member

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    The damn arabs...

    The first Israeli to ever board a space shuttle and the Arab islamic fundamentalists blow it up. And they wonder why we hate them so much.
     
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  8. seesaw Registered Senior Member

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    This is a sad day, and it's a shame.

    I have a question; I was wondering when the new space shuttle/craft that nasa is making going to done.
     
  9. Bachus Registered Senior Member

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    Re: Shuttle Crash!!!

    From what i understand their not sure it's crashing

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    They just don't have any communications and something fell of

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  10. seesaw Registered Senior Member

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    Yeah but there is video of it coming down, and it doesn't look good. It looks like it's breaking up.

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  11. qfrontier Captain Of Starship Registered Senior Member

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    Brad Rules...

    Listen idiot, im not an arab, Im a New Yorker born American. How do you know arabs blew it up? Do you work in the CIA or FBI? Were you there physically looking at an arab blowing up the space shuttle? NASA as well as the US Government knows that with pricks and shit heads like you in US, it'll make it all the more easier for US to go to war with IRAQ, cuz idiots like you are the ones who'll be giving the vote to Bush to go to war! Without knowing the facts and the situation, dont start talking shit about other races. I wouldn't be surprised if one of those FBI spokespersons or Collin Powell release news about something to do with middle east possibly regarding this situation...



    Live in peace
     
  12. spookz Banned Banned

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    well if it aint the arabs, it must be the fbi that blew it up. i personally think it was dem damn texans who brought it down!
     
  13. qfrontier Captain Of Starship Registered Senior Member

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    I suspect that NOMAD is near that place, maybe it had something to do with all this
     
  14. moonman Registered Senior Member

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    Watching it right now.
     
  15. Cthulhu Banned Banned

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    I'm afraid it's confirmed.

    http://news.yahoo.com/

    This will either kill the space program or force us to use nuclear power. Big fireworks are too bloody unpredictable. Reactors run for years without incident. No oxydiser to turn your vehicle into a funeral pyre. I think this will be a repeat of Challenger though. Will kill the space age atleast for a decade.
    JFK wanted the ROVER program instead of Apollo. He was right. The Golden Goose was never well designed. They built it to do everything and so it does nothing well. The rest of the Shuttle fleet will be mothballed now.

    I'm going to have a drink and maybe a cry.
     
  16. Persol I am the great and mighty Zo. Registered Senior Member

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    This will not force us to use nuclear power on the shuttle... if anything it would force us to avoid it. Currently the shuttle lands with very little fuel because the final glide is, by definition, unpowered. This was probably caused by localized heat buildup which then caused a failure. If nuclear materials were onboard this would be a dangerous situation for people living between texas and florida.
     
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  19. spookz Banned Banned

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    there are 3 people up in space. i hardly think flights will be cancelled

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    STS-107 is a multi-discipline microgravity and Earth science research mission with a multitude of international scientific investigations conducted continuously during the planned 16 days on orbit. The central element of the patch is the microgravity symbol, µg, flowing into the rays of the astronaut symbol. The mission inclination is portrayed by the 39-degree angle of the astronaut symbol to the Earth's horizon. The sunrise is representative of the numerous experiments that are the dawn of a new era for continued microgravity research on the International Space Station and beyond. The breadth of science conducted on this mission will have widespread benefits to life on Earth and our continued exploration of space illustrated by the Earth and stars. The constellation Columba (the dove) was chosen to symbolize peace on Earth and the Space Shuttle Columbia. The seven stars also represent the mission crew members and honor the original astronauts who paved the way to make research in space possible. The Israeli flag is adjacent to the name of the payload specialist who is the first person from that country to fly on the Space Shuttle.

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  20. spacemanspiff czar of things Registered Senior Member

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    Just the facts

    is there anything confirmed beyond loss of contact and debris falling?
     
  21. ElectricFetus Sanity going, going, gone Valued Senior Member

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    I don't think NASA is dead form this... this is not a bad as Challenger! They still have 3 other shuttles and people on ISS to transport off. What are they going to do with the ISS crew? Force them to abandon ship on the Soyuz escape capsules? Those things have a fight history that is not as good as the shuttles by the way.
     
  22. Cthulhu Banned Banned

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    You don't understand. A reactor powered rocket could carry atleast 5 times the payload easy. That equates to a more robust vehicle. Not a tinfoil deathtrap using superlight alloys in place of the best alloys. It means using the best rather than lightest safety systems and more of them. More power means more safety. Reactors don't blow up unless they have a critical meltdown and modern designs have excellent failsafes. Even the old plants have been running for over 40 years. Hundreds of them.

    I agree with you about it not happening though. The luddites will be jumping up and down with glee. The nuclear initiative might be dead. It will die along with the space programme.

    I hope it was terrorists. Dead is dead whatever the cause but if foul play is involved then Bush will revive the Space program with a vengeance. Simply as an act of defiance.
     
  23. Persol I am the great and mighty Zo. Registered Senior Member

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    Confired:
    Lost of Contact
    Debris
    NASA flags at half-staff
    The accident was unsurvivable

    Any causes are currently just guesses.
     

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