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Robert Pearlman

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From: Houston, TX
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posted 05-07-2008 11:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Scientific American:
Hard Drive Recovered from Columbia Shuttle Solves Physics Problem
Researchers have finally published the results of data recovered from a cracked and singed hard drive that fell to Earth in the debris from the Space Shuttle Columbia, which broke up during reentry on February 1, 2003, killing all seven crew members.

The hard drive contained data from the CVX-2 (Critical Viscosity of Xenon) experiment, designed to study the way xenon gas flows in microgravity. The findings, published this April in the journal Physical Review E, confirmed that when stirred vigorously, xenon exhibits a sudden change in viscosity known as shear thinning. The same effect allows whipped cream and ketchup to go from flowing smoothly like liquids to holding their shapes like solids.

Although the CVX-2 results may not change anyone's life, Robert "Bobby" Berg, the lead investigator for CVX-2 and a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Md., says the publication caps a 20-year research project that has occupied his thoughts daily since 2003. "It was a load off my shoulders to finally get it published," says the 52-year-old researcher.


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From: Brimfield, MA
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posted 05-09-2008 04:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Burned disk drive gives up its information, Associated Press:
Data recovered from Columbia disaster
Jon Edwards often manages what appears impossible. He has recovered precious data from computers wrecked in floods and fires and dumped in lakes.

Now Edwards may have set a new standard: He found information on a melted disk drive that fell from the sky when space shuttle Columbia disintegrated in 2003.

Jay Chladek

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From: Bellevue, NE, USA
Registered: Aug 2007

posted 05-10-2008 01:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any idea if these hard drives were in Columbia itself or if they were part of the science racks in the Spacehab module?

Talk about that being a real crapshoot as I imagine the Spacehab got badly cooked once the orbiter broke apart into the wings, payload bay, crew module and aft module. Unlike the orbiter, the payload bay and what sits in it isn't exactly capable of withstanding those kinds of thermal stresses.

It just goes to show that Columbia still continues to teach us things, even to this day.


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From: Cullman, AL
Registered: Dec 2007

posted 05-10-2008 09:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Atlantis   Click Here to Email Atlantis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hail Columbia!

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