Nostra culpa

Date: Tue Feb 04 2003 - 07:03:09 EST

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    Britain's Channel 4 (TV) News aired photographs showing an irregular "crack" said to extend for 13" along Columbia's wing.    The picture was given prominence at the start of the broadcast, airing from 1900 GMT.  About 35 minutes later, the programme's science correspondent (Andrew Veitch) appeared again to say that the "crack" was a wire on the inside of shuttle in from of the viewing port.  
    Didn't capture this but no doubt its around.
    Duncan Campbell
    (Brighton UK) 
    At 04/02/2003 10:53, you wrote:
    >> Well I don't know what this shows, but it certainly doesn't seem to show a
    >> Space Shuttle wing. Neither does this have the markings of a Shuttle wing,
    >> nor the shapes, nor the special characteristics that were unique to
    >> Columbia and thus would help identifying it here. All I'm seeing is a
    >> blob with blackish smear that could be anything, just not a Shuttle wing
    >> with "cracks" in it.
    >I have seen the video sequence this frame comes from. It was shown briefly
    >on the digital BBC News 24 channel here in the UK. It was on for only a few
    >seconds, and I have not seen it repeated so far so I was unable to capture
    >it on video. It is a genuine frame from a Shuttle video camera, not a
    >doctored image as has been suggested elsewhere. I was unable to make enough
    >sense of the contents of the sequence to identify exactly which parts of the
    >vehicle are being shown. Has anyone else seen this video sequence?
    >Eddie Lyons
    >Portsmouth, UK
    >50.8540N 001.0690W 15m asl
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