Posted 27 February 2015 - 12:52 AM
Well the shuttle itself didnt blow up, the O-ring failed from being too cold prior to launch on the booster, that leaked a flame that burned into the main tanks, and that is what blew up. Shuttle was just a side effect of the big bang. The second shuttle disaster was another case of external causes, ice falling from the main tank damaged the heat tiles, and thats what caused the second failure.
OK, OK, I'll give you that. I know the story of the o-ring on the booster. And I have to agree that the Challenger was just a side effect of the big bang. I still remember the day it happened. January 28, 1986 I was at Ramstein Air Base, Germany picking up 6 brand new shiny Blackhawk helicopters for my unit. Offloaded them from the C-5A and put 'em in a hangar for the night. Saw the Challenger/booster exploding on the news that night when we got back to the BOQ. The TV in the lounge near the entrance was on and we walked in right in the middle of the news story. I remember thinking "what the heck is that?" when I saw the video on the TV and then they put up the caption "Challenger Tragedy" on the screen. That was sad.
I have to disagree with you however on the cause of the Columbia disaster. It wasn't ice, but a piece of foam insulation that broke off the Shuttle's external tank during launch and damaged the left wing. Upon re-entry, hot gases got into the damaged wing area and basically destroyed the internal wing structure making it unstable and caused the shuttle to gradually break apart. That, like the Challenger, was also very sad for me.
Edited by TonyHzNV, 27 February 2015 - 01:03 AM.
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