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Dalsania, Akash Daniel Paper 12/16/10 [email protected] NASA Case Study The problem for this Case study is that people’s lives are at risk. Solving this problem is very important to the safety of people going into space in the future. Also besides the risk for people billions of dollars go to waste when one of these space crafts is destroyed. The problem for this specific case is very hard to catch only because it is so minute. The article states that the hole created by this foam that broke of the propellant was only about six to ten inches in width and that hole cause a enormous amount of heat to enter the space craft upon dependence and caused it to explode. This would be helpful fact but there stands yet another factor that causes even more confusion. Linda Ham, the mission project leader, stated that foam usually comes off of the propellant on any launch and that it is very unlikely that it can cause any damage at all. The NASA engineers including Bryan O’Connor however countered that by researching and experimenting. The engineers realized that the carbon material around the stroke area was not as damage resistant as the glassy tiles. Although there were to different views on whether or not the foam created any significant damage none of the two sides any solid proof behind their theory. In fact when the engineers got together to talk about the cause of the destruction, their conversation ended up being about how eager they were to review the astronauts. In addition NASA was suffering a budget deficit which caused the organization to allocate less money to safety. NASA also realized though that even if they had known about the problem while the Columbia was in space there would have been little they could have
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done to help. If they were to send another spacecraft up into space they would only be risking another spacecraft and more people.
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