Xah Lee's Unixism

John W. Kennedy jwkenne at attglobal.net
Fri Sep 3 23:29:33 CEST 2004

Alan Balmer wrote:
> The first disaster was due to (possibly inferior) gaskets and inferior
> judgment on launch day. The second was falling foam, and inferior
> realization of the gravity of the problem. I'm not clear on what
> either had to do with Utah.

There should never have been any O-rings in the first place.  Three 
better designs were offered, but NASA was ordered by the Nixon White 
House to pick Thiokol's design, a distant fourth, for political reasons.

The decision to launch wasn't "inferior judgment", it was pure damned 
politics, too.

The Challenger seven were just as good as murdered.

John W. Kennedy
"But now is a new thing which is very old--
that the rich make themselves richer and not poorer,
which is the true Gospel, for the poor's sake."
   -- Charles Williams.  "Judgement at Chelmsford"

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