‘It was better for them to die unexpectedly’: NASA expert reveals Columbia shuttle crew were not told of problem with re-entry
- Shuttle was headed home from a 16-day science mission when it broke apart over Texas in 2003
- NASA employee Wayne Hale said mission control made decision not to tell crew of danger
A NASA has revealed that the Columbia crew were not told that the shuttle had been damaged and that they might not survive re-entry.
The seven astronauts who died will be remembered at a public memorial service on the 10th anniversary of the disaster this Friday at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center.
The shuttle was headed home from a 16-day science mission when it broke apart over Texas on February 1, 2003, because of damage to its left wing.
Ten years ago, experts at NASA’s mission control faced the terrible decision over whether to let the astronauts know that they may die on re-entry or face orbiting in space until the oxygen ran out.