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Old Feb 8, 2012, 07:14 PM   #1
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Old Feb 9, 2012, 01:54 AM   #2
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Could'a, would'a, should'a. Hindsight is always 20/20, especially when there are those more on the ball than you telling you that you should have had better foresight before the error was made.

But in the end, **** happens. The little people suffer, and the bigger corporations simply make new mistakes in the future.
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That was not hindsight, it was foresight. And I'm pretty sure several of the engineers back then warning this could happen, it was a known limitation.
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Old Feb 9, 2012, 03:41 AM   #4
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From memory there was only a certain launch window and despite knowing of possible issues the call was made to go ahead as it was deemed acceptable risk.

Space travel is dangerous.
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From memory there was only a certain launch window and despite knowing of possible issues the call was made to go ahead as it was deemed acceptable risk.

Space travel is dangerous.
When an engineer tells you that in freezing temps the o-rings will fail to seal properly and that flames will penetrate the casing and ignite the hydrogen; that's not an acceptable risk and has nothing to do with the inherent dangers of space travel. It is an engineering/mechanical flaw and was completely avoidable.
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When an engineer tells you that in freezing temps the o-rings will fail to seal properly and that flames will penetrate the casing and ignite the hydrogen; that's not an acceptable risk and has nothing to do with the inherent dangers of space travel. It is an engineering/mechanical flaw and was completely avoidable.


The same thing happened with the Columbia disaster. They didn't bother to take the proper precautions, and they made their mistake obvious in the way they worded their "error" immediately afterwards.
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They launched Challenger because of political pressure, basically. The VP was going to be down there for the launch, after it had been delayed several times. Also, the teacher was on that flight as well, and NASA managers basically thought they couldn't afford to delay the flight any more. Tragically, the result of not delaying the flight was much, much worse.
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