Wayne Hale: How We Nearly Lost Discovery
Now that Discovery is safely delivered to the Smithsonian, I think I can tell the story of how we nearly lost her in July of 2005, and how well intentioned, highly motivated, hard working, smart people can miss the most obvious.
Gut-wrenching revelations from a NASA (and Space Shuttle program) veteran.
I might seem cavalier when talking about the safety of spacecraft and the people in them, but I understand the sheer terror that engineers feel when any errors they make could cost real human lives.
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