Getting to Liftoff

Dickey, Beth
April 2006
Government Executive;Apr2006, Vol. 38 Issue 5, p50
Trade Publication
The article presents information on the new philosophy of National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA's) mission management team on the flight line for the spacecraft, Discovery. It was July 27, 2005, 30 difficult months after the orbiter Columbia disintegrated in a re-entry catastrophe that claimed seven astronauts' lives. Now it was showtime for Discovery, which had launched and completed a couple dozen orbits of Earth. Further information on what lesson the NASA learnt from the Columbia catastrophe and what different it will be doing in the next space missions is offered in the article. INSET: Trial and Error.


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