Topic: Univ. of Texas at El Paso to study Columbia debris
Hart Sastrowardoyo Member
Posts: 2583 From: Toms River, NJ Registered: Aug 2000
posted 06-20-2013 10:33 PM
Former astronaut Danny Olivas has secured 500 pounds of Columbia debris for University of Texas at El Paso students to study, reports KFOX TV.
Olivas was on campus to announce a first-of-its-kind research institute at UTEP. Named "The Center for the Advancement of Space Safety and Mission Assurance Research" or CASSMAR, the mission of the group will allow UTEP students to develop safer and more reliable materials used in human space flight by working hands-on with pieces of debris recovered from the space shuttle Columbia disaster.
Olivas said the legacy left behind by Columbia is determining if better spacecraft materials would have made a difference. He believes as commercial space flight becomes more affordable and commonplace, it will be important for the average flyer to know they're safe.