If NASA realized that the Columbia Space Shuttles heat tiles on 1 of its wings had a hole in it would NASA have been able to send up another?

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  • 6 years ago
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    It was just within the realm of possibility, had the catastrophic damage to Columbia's port wing been clear to Mission Control no later than Day 2 of STS 107. The link describes how that all might have played out.

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  • 6 years ago

    No.

    It would take months to send up a shuttle.

    Would it be possible for that shuttle to re-dock with the ISS? Maybe. I'd have to look at the orbital parameters... and that would be a lot of work to re-calculate everything so long after the fact.

    But, at the time, it would have been possible to do the calculations.

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  • 6 years ago

    Even had they discovered the damage immediately, the next shuttle couldn't have been readied *at a minimum* of 4 weeks - long after Columbia's consumables would've been exhausted.

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  • 6 years ago

    Seems it would be wise to carry a few spare heat tiles aboard, and tools to remove and replace them.

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  • 6 years ago

    NASA were complacent.

    There is no room for complacency in space.

    A simple space walk or remote camera could have saved them poor people.

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  • 6 years ago

    No. It would take months to get another shuttle mission ready to go up and get them. They would be long dead by that point.

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  • 6 years ago

    There is no way that a launch of supplies could happen before they died.

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