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Kalpana Chawla could have been saved?

Florida: As the nation remembered its first woman in space, Kalpana Chawla, on her tenth death anniversary on February 1, an explosive revelation about her death has come into light.
 
When spacecraft Columbia was re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere on February 1, 2003, NASA was aware of the technical snag in the space shuttle.

At the time of launch, NASA’s scientists noticed that the thermal protection system of the shuttle’s left wing was damaged. They were aware of the disaster on re-entry in the earth’s atmosphere.

After a long thought process, NASA’s control mission decided not to inform anything about the possible danger to the astronauts on board.

In a blog, Programme Manager of space operation, Wayne Hale, has revealed that he gave detailed description about the technical snag to former NASA official Jon Harpold.

But Harplod denied informing about the miss-happening to the astronauts and told him, “There is nothing we can do.”

“If it has been damaged, it’s probably better not to know. I think its better the crew would rather not know,” he quoted Harpold as saying.

He further wrote that during the space operation, Harpold denied informing astronauts about the possible danger citing distance and time issues. When they got the information about the disintegration of space shuttle, NASA’s top official Leroy Cain saved all the necessary information and locked control room, he added.

Notably, it was during the return journey, when NASA’s first space shuttle Columbia disintegrated during its re-entry in Earth’s atmosphere on February 1, 2003, as it was ending its 28th mission. All seven astronauts including India’s Kalpana Chawla perished in the disaster.

JPN/Bureau

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