Wednesday, July 27, 2005

It's Important Not to Overreact

There's been a certain amount of noise from the media about the feed from onboard cameras during yesterday's shuttle launch that appear to show part of a tile coming off and another piece of light debris falling away, source unknown. It's important to remember two things; there has been tile damage on every shuttle flight, and that the orbiter's thermal protection tiles are remarkably resilient. In some cases hundreds of dings have been noted, with no damage to the orbiter structure underneath; in others, entire tiles have come off, with little or no damage resulting. The difference this time is that we can see it happening. More here.

UPDATE: Hoo boy...that "light piece" turns out to have been a major foam shedding event. See above....

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