RE: [SHALLOW] Shuttle Reentry Observations

From: Woody Emanuel (
Date: Sun Feb 02 2003 - 16:01:38 EST

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    The left wing elevon sensors are the ones that cut out.
    But that gives about seven minutes until loss of contact
    during which time NASA reports all flight characteristics
    were perfectly normal. That doesn't jive with disintegration
    starting seven minutes earllier over California.
    -----Original Message-----
    From: Markus Mehring []
    Sent: Sunday, February 02, 2003 3:47 PM
    Subject: Re: [SHALLOW] Shuttle Reentry Observations
    On Sat, 01 Feb 2003 17:28:15 -0600, you (Ed Cannon
    <>) wrote:
    >This is just to note that at 12,500 mph (20,000 kph),
    >the vehicle would travel 1,458.3 miles (3,888.9 km) in
    >seven minutes.  Of course it was traveling faster than
    >that at the beginning of the seven-minute period.  So
    >this would seem to stretch backwards in the timeline
    >from Texas back to California at least.
    Correct. To recap somewhat, 8:53am EST is the time the Shuttle was
    its landfall over the California coast. At pretty much the same time,
    temperature readings of the starboard wing inboard and outboard
    were lost, the first sensors to fail (followed by other left wing
    in the following minutes). Considering that we seem to have, by now,
    certain visual reports from California observers that the Shuttle
    apparently was trailed by very small debris, IMO it doesn't take much
    rocket science to imagine what happened there. Whatever the exact
    cause was (I'm avoiding the ET insulation foam issue here), to me
    sounds like the starboard wing was disintegrating since fairly early
    in the
    entry interface.
    Anyone agree (or disagree)?
    CU!	Markus
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