Simberg on the Columbia accident

Rand Simberg has some thoughts on recent revelations about the Columbia accident, safety issues with the shuttle, and current state of the space program.

None of which, of course, addressed the real problem, which was the fundamental design and philosophy of the space shuttle, and indeed the manned space program itself.[...]

The important thing to understand is that ultimately, until we decide what we want to actually accomplish in space (as opposed to continuing to create "jobs" in the requisite congressional districts and pump money to the Russians), to make marginal improvements in the current ways of doing NASA's business-as-usual will be the equivalent of putting bandaids on a massively-hemmorrhaging wound--or to use another metaphor, rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

Of course, at least the latter had a band.

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