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May 7, 2003

Ever feel like you've got news overload. Lately, I think I've been feeling it and though I still follow the news, nothing seems interesting or noteworthy lately. I kinda feel guilty for not writing anything lately though, so I'll post the most interesting thing I found today -- the probable cause of the tragic demise of the Columbia space shuttle.You can read about it here in the NY Times. It appears that a hole was created in the left wing from some sort of impact, perhaps as large as a sheet of paper. This allowed for super-heated plasma to enter the wing where it acted as a blowtorch and pretty much melted everything inside. As the wing supports melted, the misshaped wing would have caused the observed yawing and pulling that the shuttle was trying to compensate for. While they can't prove it, it is very possible that the impact of the foam during take-off caused or started such a hole.

Posted by charr at 9:53 PM
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Also, the reason why they can't really ever prove it is because even though ongoing tests may show that the foam can cause sufficient damage, it doesn't mean that it did cause sufficient damage.

Posted by Cameron at May 8, 2003 9:46 AM

The reason your probably not finding anything interesting is because it's all the same crap. Day after day. Might I suggest listening to NPR? You get more than sound bites and they air some great stories that you would otherwise never hear. That is if it doesn't cut into your Rush Limbaugh time. ;^)

Posted by jason at May 15, 2003 7:05 AM

I find it funny you think I listen to rush. It's probably been 10-12 years since I've listened to him -- back when my mom or dad had him on. Yes, I'm a conservative, but I have many well-rounded news sources, none of which are extreme left or right.

Posted by Cameron at May 15, 2003 7:49 AM

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