Columbia panel to determine significance of e-mail warning
Two days before the space shuttle Columbia broke apart on re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere on February 1, 2003, a research engineer at the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) wrote that experts on the shuttle's insulating tiles had downgraded the shuttle's condition to "survivable but marginal," after debris struck it on lift-off. NASA released the emails weeks after the accident after receiving FOIA requests from multiple news organizations. NASA's administrator pledged to air all evidence to investigate the cause of the accident.
Excerpts from email are available from the New York Times, at http://www.nytimes.com/2003/02/27/us/loss-shuttle-excerpts-nasa-e-mail-about-space-shuttle-before-it-disintegrated.html
Columbia, space shuttle, disaster, email, administrator, Sean O'Keefe
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