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onesmallstep
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posted 07-18-2013 09:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tonight (July 18) at 10 pm ET on the Military Channel, the series Zero Hour presents an episode on the tragic flight of shuttle Columbia in 2003 called "Disaster in Space."

(This is preceded by the documentary "In the Shadow of the Moon." The program repeats at 1 am.)

onesmallstep
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posted 07-18-2013 10:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just finished watching the program. Overall, a good documentary with nice interviews with STS-107 flight director LeRoy Cain; Canadian astronaut Julie Payette, who flew with Columbia commander Rick Husband on a previous mission; NASA engineer Scott Hubbard and Columbia Accident Investigation head Adm. Harold Gehman. Some criticisms:
  • The animation showing Columbia in orbit omits the sensor installed for flight 61A on the vertical tail, and most glaring of all, the payload bay remains CLOSED!

  • The use of actors who look nothing like the crew, and not even identifying Col. Ilan Ramon as Israel's first astronaut. Also, the helmets for the launch/entry suits used in the reenactments look like Apollo-style hardware, plus the use of the 'Snoopy cap' as used only in EVAs instead of the solid-color cap.

  • The narrator mentions that the shuttle was 'computer-controlled' from the ground. Only partially true, as the crew obviously is responsible for on-orbit maneuvers and operation of experiments and spacecraft systems.

  • The documentary is dated as being produced in 2006, so the impression is given (to non-space watchers) that the shuttle may still be flying, because the comment is made that a tile repair kit and orbiter inspection protocol is now in place to prevent a repeat of Columbia's loss. An update should have been added.
As for the facts presented regarding the causes of the accident; they are laid out pretty clearly by Gehman and Hubbard and should be well known to cS members.

xlsteve
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posted 07-19-2013 08:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for xlsteve   Click Here to Email xlsteve     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree that overall this was a good documentary. I particularly enjoyed the interviews. The reenactments, however, I thought were not well done. They really didn't need to do any for Mission Control since actual footage is available.

JBoe
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posted 07-19-2013 08:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This sounds interesting, do you happen to know when it will be aired again?

Joel Katzowitz
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posted 07-21-2013 08:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joel Katzowitz   Click Here to Email Joel Katzowitz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I watched it last night and agree with most of the posted comments. I found the re-enactments annoying, especially when they went split screen with the "real" person. There was some interesting insights into the NASA culture by the investigation team.

Oh, and the exterior of the orbiter is subjected to 33000 degrees Fahrenheit? How about 3000.

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