Re: Columbia lost

From: Robert Reeves (
Date: Sun Feb 02 2003 - 07:36:02 EST

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    > I really don't understand why you feel the ISS crew should/will leave and
    > come home.  Indeed, this is a tragedy but to abandon the ISS seems
    > senseless.
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    > Richard Allan John Cox
    > 37 15' 49.300"N
    > 121 58' 53.7348W
    In my statement, formulated with a grief-clouded mind, I did not mean to
    imply ISS would be abandoned immediately.  I meant that I think this tragedy
    will take so long to resolve that the current ISS crew will have no Shuttle
    to pick them up over the next few months.  I don't think NASA will leave
    them up there for the nearly a year (maybe more) that it will take to
    requalify the Shuttle fleet for manned flight.  I think the Expedition 6
    crew will return via their Soyuz rescue craft.  As to  whether there will be
    additional crews sent to ISS using Russian Soyuz transports in the absence
    of Shuttle availability, this will have to be resolved after factoring in
    the limited production of the Soyuz.  There just aren't that many of them
    being built and the Russians just can't start cranking them or their
    boosters out in quantities to fill the transportation gap.
    Robert Reeves            
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