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Excellent Shuttle Story

Sat Feb 08, 2003 5:35 am

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RE: Excellent Shuttle Story

Sat Feb 08, 2003 6:20 am

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.
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RE: Excellent Shuttle Story

Sat Feb 08, 2003 7:23 am

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. "

From Associated Press via USA today.
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RE: Excellent Shuttle Story

Sat Feb 08, 2003 7:43 am

Sounds pretty official to me, but some of the data's technicalities was over my head.
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RE: Excellent Shuttle Story

Sat Feb 08, 2003 3:50 pm

That was a really well-written, informative article.
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Here Is The Picture

Sat Feb 08, 2003 10:14 pm

NASA are worried about the left wing (at the bottom) and also the traling edge as it does maybe not match the right wing

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