Space Shuttle Columbia Case Study

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ID: 201210112 Study program: (BSEEE)
Email: Asmae Bornak
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Email: Alaa Samir Halawani
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This project is written to discuss the physical reasons and the ethics behind the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia and its seven crew.
2. INTRODUCTION On 16th of January 2003, the Columbia STS-107 mission lifted off. This science mission planned for 16 days in order to feature numerous microgravity experiments . On 1st of February 2003, after reentering the earth atmosphere the space shuttle suffered a calamitous defeat because of a hole that happened during dispatch when falling foam from the External Tank struck the carbon panel on the left wing .The space shuttle and its 7 crew [Rick D. Husband (commandor), William C. McCool (pilot), Laurel Blair Salton Clark(Mission Specialist), David Brown(Mission Specialist), Ilan Ramon (Payload specialist), Michael P. Anderson (Payload Commander)and Kalpana Chawla(Mission Specialist)] (Figure-1) were almost lost 15 minutes before Columbia was scheduled to
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The leading edge of the wings reached 4,400 degrees Celsius. All of the heat sensors which were around this area was showing the extreme heat temperature. 6 minutes before the disaster the temperature sensors was going off because of the super-heated gasses. These gasses burn and melt everything inside the left wing. Then, the space shuttle was disintegrated in the sky above Texas and the 7 astronauts passed away. However, “Engineers should keep paramount of safety, health, and welfare” according to NSPE ethics. So NASA, should had designed better impact resistible thermal protection

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