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    The Columbia Shuttle was the oldest shuttle in the NASA fleet. On January 16, 2003 Columbia Space Shuttle’s 28th mission took place. Eight seconds into the launch a piece of foam insulation broke off from the propellant tank and hit the left wing of the shuttle. The cameras used to capture the launch could not focus accordingly on the shuttle while taking off; crash engineers could not pinpoint exactly where the damage took place. On February 1, 2003 Columbia Shuttle broke down while when reentering the atmosphere, killing seven astronauts on board. This became a huge story of disaster for the nation and generated an investigation. The investigation resulted shutting down the Space Shuttle Program for a short period of time and gave safety…

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    INTRODUCTION This memorandum is a failure analysis report regarding the Space Shuttle Columbia¬, the first space-rated Space Shuttle in NASA’s Orbiter fleet that disintegrated during re-entry during the end of its 28th mission on 1 February 2003 (Columbia Accident Investigation Board [CAIB], 2003, p. 39). The accident, described as a “tragedy” by former President George W. Bush, seized the lives of all seven crew-members aboard and led to a two-year suspension of the Space Shuttle Program…

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    Fifteen years ago on February 1, 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia Crashed. Columbia launched January 16, 2003. Around 82 seconds after Columbia had lifted-off a piece of foam had fallen from a “biopod ramp” which was a piece that helped support the external tank. With this piece fallen the department of defense prepared to use the orbital spy cameras to get a look at the left wing. However, NASA officials declined the offer. On the day of February 1,2003, Columbia was making a normal landing…

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    No, the Space shuttle Columbia could not have made the necessary orbital maneuvers to dock with the ISS for safety. The shuttle Columbia launched to an orbital inclination of 39 degrees. (Gebhardt 2013) The International Space Station however is at an inclination of 51.6 degrees, a 12.6 degrees difference.(Cooney n.d.) After launch, the shuttle does not have enough fuel on board to be able to make an inclination change of this magnitude. Because of the extra weight shuttles are not loaded…

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    Managing Change at NASA For NASA, by the end of 1985, the need for change would begin to unfold as communication breakdown among its people began to take place (Palmer, Dunford & Akin, 2009). The need for change was not recognized until disaster struck and investigative results identified key information as to the need for change (Palmer, Dunford & Akin, 2009). The Space Shuttle Challenger explosion in early 1986 was the first costly event which resulted from communication breakdown. After…

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    developing life forms. Robotic and human engineers are both needed to maintain flight in a shuttle. From the robotic stand point controlled by humans based millions of miles away, not all the info needed may be attained, and disturbances are most likely to occur controlling the objects. But a human can work out the kinks on every aspect needed if trained correctly. But even being trained correctly cannot stop the dangers that wait outside this planet. Danger is what they are trained for, and…

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    to the conditions of space. From a great decrease in gravity, to almost no air in the atmosphere, to even the near absolute zero temperatures, space requires great attention in understanding and adapting. Unfortunately, there have been many accidents pertaining to space shuttles throughout NASA’s…

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    disasters when it comes to the space program. In the past, two space shuttles fell victim to politics which ended in tragedy. According to Bolman and Deal (2008), they reported that the U.S. space shuttle Columbia was descending to earth from space when astronauts begin receive numerous emergency signals from the instrument panel of the spacecraft. Sadly, all on board died in the disastrous explosion (Bolman & Deal, 2008). Many years earlier, the space shuttle Challenger experienced the…

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    then returned to the earth with useful information of space. The probe was 747 lb. And it was built by Hughes Aircraft Company at the plant in California called El Segundo (Russell, 2012). It measured about 1.4 meters across. The probe was devised in a way that it could sustain high temperatures in which the inner part was made of a heat shield. The scientific instruments inside were protected from the extreme heat as well as pressure that during the duration of its high speed to space. The…

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    The Shuttle Challenger Disaster of 1986 The Disaster of the Space Challenger not only affected the way NASA checked their space shuttle and produced them but it also changed the way that they were viewed. Despite the disaster, NASA has gone through positive changes still to this day. These positive changes such as the way they are viewed by Americans as a whole and also being able to make technological advances to improve space missions. The Challenger was expected to explore into space on…

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