TransSwede From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 993 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1543 times:
The existence of this (relative) high-quality "USAF imagery" is not official by any means - not from NASA and not from USAF. The source of this is unknown.
Although lots of newspapers are running with this story, take it with a grain of salt. NASA did say in their daily briefings this morning that while they have seen some USAF images of the Shuttle's descent, they have not yet seen any that would show a clear structural problem in the wing, as the new stories indicate.
Gordonroxburgh From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2000, 550 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1500 times:
NASA have conformed that they have the pictures at this mornings media briefing:
"NASA confirmed Friday that the agency has received photos taken by a powerful military ground camera of the disintegrating space shuttle Columbia as it streaked across the western United States.
Mike Kostelnik, a deputy associate NASA administrator, refused to identify where the ground camera was located, but he said it did take pictures at the time Columbia was experiencing a breakup of the left wing. "