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August 26, 2003

I was expecting more!

Isn't this pretty much what they said about Challenger all those years ago?

The Columbia disaster "had as much to do with" NASA's organizational culture as it did with a piece of foam striking the space shuttle's wing, according to a final report released Tuesday by a NASA investigation board.

Is it time for NASA to divest itself of its "spaceflight" role? NASA seems to do some interesting work in other areas, for example, supporting research on "enabling technologies" like powerplants, and flight control systems. But -- and I admit that I am highly influenced by Burt Rutan's opinions here -- NASA has totally dropped the ball in the area of spaceflight. Where are the moon colonies? the Hilton's in orbit? and the weightless toilet instructions?

Posted by jghiii at August 26, 2003 11:37 AM
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