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Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-16-2007 03:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We've had several discussions about whether recovered debris from Columbia, Challenger and/or the Apollo 1 capsule should be displayed. I know that there are some flags/patches that were found among the wreckage of the two shuttles that have since been placed at museums, including the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Frontiers of Flight museum in Dallas, TX.

To my knowledge however, no hardware components have been exhibited to date, which was why it was unexpected to see the STS-107 OEX MADS data recorder and its corresponding tape reels added today to the the displays inside Building 2 at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas:

The plaque hanging above the recorder reads:

This OEX MADS Recorder from the Space Shuttle Columbia was recovered from east Texas following the tragic loss of Columbia and her crew on February 1, 2003. Great hearts, hands and minds devoted their talents to her recovery, reconstruction and preservation.

We honor Columbia, the crew of STS-107 and their loved ones.

"Although we grieve deeply... the bold exploration of space must go on." — The families of the Columbia STS-107 crew

The last time I saw this same OEX recorder was on the 16th floor of the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center in February 2004. It was exhibited there as well, inside the "library" that had been established to preserve and document the STS-107 debris. My access then was part of a final media tour before the room was closed to all but researchers and a select group of employees.

JSC's Building 2, which houses NASA's public affairs offices as well as the Teague Auditorium and a collection of historical artifacts (including a lunar landing training vehicle) is accessible by the public via the premium "Level 9" tour offered by Space Center Houston.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-16-2007 03:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For those unfamiliar with this piece of equipment, see:

Orbiter Experiments Support Systems for OV-102 (Columbia), NASA

Critical Data Recorder is Unique to Shuttle Columbia, SPACE.com, March 20, 2003

Recovered data tape in relatively good condition, Spaceflight Now, March 24, 2003

Gehman calls recorder data a 'treasure trove', Spaceflight Now, March 31, 2003

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