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megimoo
08-02-2011, 08:01 PM
Piece of Disintegrated Shuttle Columbia Found in a Drought Dried Out Texas Lake Eight Years After Tragic Crash

A piece of debris from the doomed space shuttle Columbia has been found in a lake in Texas after drought caused the water levels to recede, exposing the relic eight years after it fell to Earth.

Police in Nacogdoches called Nasa after a 4ft-wide sphere that plunged from the spacecraft as it broke up during its return to Earth on February 1, 2003, was found sitting in mud on the north side of the local lake.

More than 84,000 pieces of wreckage from Columbia rained down on Texas and Louisiana as the spacecraft disintegrated at hypersonic speed, just minutes

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2021661/Columbia-space-chuttle-debris-Texas-8-years-tragic-crash.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

bijou
08-03-2011, 12:10 PM
What a sad reminder.

fettpett
08-03-2011, 04:11 PM
What a sad reminder.

sad reminder of what bullshit "green" technologies can do :mad::mad:

Starbuck
08-03-2011, 04:52 PM
sad reminder of what bullshit "green" technologies can do :mad::mad:

I don't get it. The shuttle took off with a roar that would kill anyone within 800 yards (really!) spewing hot, toxic gases with so much force it, like punched a hole through time, orbited the earth so high that there is no atmosphere, was made of exotic materials so difficult to produce that they are nearly priceless, and the people inside - inside, I remind you - were in so much danger that they were wearing space suits when they died.

so 'splain me.....What's green about that?:confused:

fettpett
08-03-2011, 04:56 PM
I don't get it. The shuttle took off with a roar that would kill anyone within 800 yards (really!) spewing hot, toxic gases with so much force it, like punched a hole through time, orbited the earth so high that there is no atmosphere, was made of exotic materials so difficult to produce that they are nearly priceless, and the people inside - inside, I remind you - were in so much danger that they were wearing space suits when they died.

so 'splain me.....What's green about that?:confused:

The thermal insulation foam that they used during launch that damaged the tiles was changed in the 90's from one that was far less brittle and rarely if ever broke off to one that they used since because the original foam was supposedly toxic to the environment

Starbuck
08-03-2011, 10:27 PM
The thermal insulation foam that they used during launch that damaged the tiles was changed in the 90's from one that was far less brittle and rarely if ever broke off to one that they used since because the original foam was supposedly toxic to the environment

Jeez, I can't believe they would suddenly be all concerned about the environment after spewing the equivalent of 50,000 airline exhausts into the air.:confused:

On second thought, I can believe it.

fettpett
08-03-2011, 10:40 PM
Jeez, I can't believe they would suddenly be all concerned about the environment after spewing the equivalent of 50,000 airline exhausts into the air.:confused:

On second thought, I can believe it.

yeah, pretty much....I tried to find an article on the change but couldn't. I do know that it happened under Clinton

fettpett
08-03-2011, 10:45 PM
http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=90890&page=1

this one is about the tiles and their history of problems, plus pretty scathing report on the massive cutbacks that the shuttle program had under Clinton.