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Tuesday, August 26, 2003
 
NASA "Culture" and the Shuttle Disaster...

Well it looks like the "NASA organizational culture" and "a long-term relaxation of safety vigilance" will be taking the bulk of the blame in the NASA report on the shuttle disaster. This according to this Newsday.com article linked courtesy of Drudge.

It will be interesting to see, when the full report is released, if any mention is made of the Environmental imposed changes described in this Insight article I posted a couple of weeks ago. In case you missed it, here's an excerpt from the article:

“Because of demands that the agency help to front for environmentalism, and under pressure from the Clinton-Gore administration's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) led by Carol Browner, NASA had stopped using Freon, a fluorocarbon that greens claim damages the ozone layer, in its thermal-insulating foam. NASA found in 1997 after the first launch with the politically correct substitute that the Freon-free foam had destroyed nearly 11 times as many of the shuttle's ceramic tiles as had the foam containing Freon. The politicized foam was less sticky and more brittle under extreme temperatures. But apparently little or nothing was done to resist the environmentalist politicians.

"It was at least a contributing factor, if not a major factor," says Hannes Hacker, an aerospace engineer and former flight controller at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston who is affiliated with the Ayn Rand Institute in Irvine, Calif. Hacker tells Insight: "The risk of a piece of debris falling off and causing significant damage to the space shuttle's thermal-protection system was [more than] 10 times greater with the new material than with the old material."


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