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“Columbia” Crew Survival Investigation Report
Barry Leonard (ed)
A thorough review of both the technical and the organizational causes of the loss of the Space Shuttle “Columbia” and her crew on 2/1/03. The investigation determined that a large piece of insulating foam from “Columbia’s external tank had come off during ascent and struck the leading edge of the left wing, causing critical damage. The shuttle was redesigned and returned to flight. A comprehensive analysis focused on factors and events affecting crew survival. Recommendations for improving crew survival for all future human space flight vehicles were made. This report contains the results of the investigation of all elements of crew survival, incl. the design features, equip., training, and procedures intended to protect the crew. Illus.
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