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?
space shuttle to rescue the 7 astronauts
- ANDRE LLv 76 years agoFavorite Answer
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.
- RaymondLv 76 years ago
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.
- 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.
- sandplant16Lv 76 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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- R MOORELv 56 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.
- judicator2000Lv 56 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.
- Enough TrollsLv 76 years ago
There is no way that a launch of supplies could happen before they died.