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Columbia Accident Investigation Board Report Volume I by Columbia Accident Investigation Board, National Aeronautics

By Columbia Accident Investigation Board, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Volume 1 of a six quantity set. Investigates lack of the distance travel Columbia, STS -107, and its seven-member workforce on February 1, 2003. 4 elements entitled: The twist of fate; Why the twist of fate happened; a glance forward; and Appendices A, B, C. Concludes with strategies.

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The Mission Management Team declared the debris strike a “turnaround” issue and did not pursue a request for imagery. Even after the Debris Assessment Teamʼs conclusion had been reported to the Mission Management Team, engineers throughout NASA and Mission Control continued to exchange e-mails and discuss possible damage. These messages and discussions were generally sent only to people within the sendersʼ area of expertise and level of seniority. The team worked through the de-orbit preparation checklist and re-entry checklist procedures.

M. (EI+270), a sensor on the left wing leading edge spar showed strains higher than those seen on previous Columbia re-entries. 6-1). William McCool talks to Mission Control from the aft flight deck of Columbia during STS-107. m. EST on February 1, 2003, the Entry Flight Control Team began duty in the Mission Control Center. The Flight Control Team was not working any issues or problems related to the planned de-orbit and re-entry of Columbia. In particular, the team indicated no concerns about the debris impact to the left wing during ascent, and treated the re-entry like any other.

A fisherman on Toledo Bend reservoir saw a piece splash down in the water, while a women driving near Lufkin almost lost control of her car when debris smacked her windshield. As 911 dispatchers across Texas were flooded with calls reporting sonic booms and smoking debris, emergency personnel soon realized that residents were encountering the remnants of the Orbiter that NASA had reported missing minutes before. m. 7-1). Local fire and police departments called in all personnel, who began responding to debris reports that by late afternoon were phoned in at a rate of 18 per minute.

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