B1C17L1011 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 96 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 9 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2576 times:
Is it me, or are the major pieces of the Space Shuttle Still missing. I have heard nothing about the discovery of pieces of the three main engines, two Orbital maneuvering Engines, or three auxiliary Power Units. These are large, heavy, metal forgings out of temperature resistant material that should have survived the re-entry largely intact. Is it true that none of these have been found yet, and if so where are they. Could the entire aft section be in Toledo Band Reservoir?
DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7801 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (11 years 9 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2559 times:
On the news a few nights ago it was reported that about 12,000 lbs of debris had been recovered. NASA is now saying that the debris field extends in a line from San Francisco, CA to Lafayette, LA +/-60miles on each side. Talk about the preverbial needle in the haystack.
Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
Prebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6515 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (11 years 9 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2535 times:
Dear B1C17L1011, only a pretty small part of Columbia made it to the ground. An even much smaller part has been found. When summer comes, and people go hiking, then more will be found. But still a lot of things will have landed in forests, rivers and lakes, and will never be found.
About the engines: Sure the aerodynamic surfaces separated at a rather early stage. After that the fuselage will have turned with the heavy end - the tail end - first.
That way the engines will have taken the by far worst beating. Even if the engines are made of very heat resistant meterials, then they may have evaporated. And maybe - since they took the major beating - they are the main reason why so many other parts actually made it to the ground.
I will not be surpriced if no engine parts will be found.
Regards, Preben Norholm
Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm