NASA Case Study

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Business Forum Section 1 NASA Case Study 5/2/11 Step One: Recognize After the 2003 NASA tragedy which sent the space shuttle Columbia into flames upon reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere, controversy has emerged regarding the ethics of the decisions made by both NASA and its mission control team. It seems that a piece of foam was the cause of the accident, but many blame the decisions made at mission control. Some had speculated that NASA was more concerned about sending shuttles into space in order to expedite the completion of the space station rather than set safety as its first priority; others believe that NASA was arrogant, preferring to dwell on the successes of the Mars Rover and the first manned moon landing rather than focus on the safety precautions of current missions. Furthermore, the mission leader, Linda Ham, abused her powers as mission leader and ignored the many warnings of safety hazards and even rejected plans of accident prevention. Ham stated that the foam would not cause any major damage to the spacecraft, which many NASA personnel believed to be true prior to the accident. Nonetheless, many believe that the 2003 Columbia disaster could have been prevented using the various safety precautions laid out by NASA personnel. Step Two: Clarify the Facts Although it seems that NASA did not prioritize safety, they were simply following protocol. NASA personnel did not know that the fallen piece of home could cause a fatal accident at the
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time, the Columbia was the first example of this. If they had known the dangers of this fallen piece of foam, NASA most likely would have delayed the mission. After the Columbia explosion, NASA implemented a stricter safety protocol, thus proving that they prioritize safety. An example of a stricter safety protocol is that engineers no longer have to provide hard evidence or prove that a part will fail in order to have their voices heard in the planning process. Furthermore, the 2007 Endeavour mission was delayed to fix a problem on the spacecraft,
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