Talk:Rogers Commission Report

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Edit request - Conclusion[edit]

The statement at the end of the article that...

Reforms to NASA procedures were enacted which attempted to preclude another occurrence of such an accident, and the Shuttle program would continue without serious incident until the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster on February 1, 2003.

...is technically true but grossly misleading. In fact, although reforms were attempted, they demonstrably failed. The Columbia Accident Investigation board traces the destruction of Columbia to the same institutional factors that lead to the loss of Challenger. The foam strike that destroyed Columbia was a serious problem which went back to the first shuttle launch and any type of tile damage was specifically detailed as unacceptable in the shuttle design. Despite this, every shuttle mission experienced foam strikes of various (sometimes serious) sizes, and these were institutionally "normalized" in exactly the same way the O-ring burn-throughs were normalized. Columbia crashed on it's 28th flight, and made for 2 shuttles lost catastrophically on 114 launches. These statistics closely match the 1/50 - 1/100 chance of disaster that Richard Feynman found on polling NASA engineers, and the 1/50 chance calculated by the USAF when they found the shuttle too risky to use as a launch vehicle for military satellites. NASA internal documents show serious organizational problems similar to those found by the Rogers commission still persisting throughout the 1990s. I lack the time right now to dig out the references, but they're a worthwhile project for any keen Wikipedian. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 99.234.246.223 (talk) 18:58, 10 January 2011 (UTC)

I have attempted to do so by borrowing the sourced information from the extant Wikipedia article on the Challenger disaster, which raised the points you mention in regards to the inefficacy of attempted reforms.74.83.14.59 (talk) 10:39, 28 April 2012 (UTC)

Image[edit]

Consider using this image of debris in hangar waiting to be identified http://images.jsc.nasa.gov/iams/images/pao/STS51L/10062423.htm Ke4roh 13:42, 17 Dec 2003 (UTC)

John Glenn needs to be listed as well. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 166.56.102.219 (talk) 18:38, 2 November 2010 (UTC)

Balanced?[edit]

This article is more about feynman than about the commission report.62.12.14.25 (talk) 11:31, 3 April 2013 (UTC)