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NASA reports graphic details of Columbia deaths

NASA reports graphic details of Columbia deaths

A new NASA report says that the seat restraints, suits and helmets of the doomed crew of the space shuttle Columbia did not work well, leading to "lethal trauma" as the out-of-control ship broke apart, killing all seven U.S. astronauts.
In a graphic 400-page report, NASA further studied the Feb. 1, 2003, shuttle tragedy to help it design a new shuttle replacement capsule so it is more likely to survive an accident.
The report said it was not clear if the astronauts were already dead or just unconscious from the lethal lack of cabin pressure before the blunt force of the spinning out-of-control shuttle would have killed them. The report detailed five "events" that were potentially lethal to the crew.
Columbia disintegrated as it returned to Earth at the end of its space mission. The accident was caused by a hole in the shuttle's left wing that occurred at launch. Killed in the disaster were commander Rick Husband, pilot William McCool, Michael Anderson, David Brown, Kalpana Chawla, Laurel Clark, and Ilan Ramon of Israel.


Updated : 2021-06-21 18:53 GMT+08:00