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Columbia Accident Investigation Board Volume Three

Columbia Accident Investigation Board Volume Three

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Report Volume IIIOctober 2003
COLUMBIA
ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION BOARD
Note:
Volumes II – VI contain a number of conclusions and recommendations, several of which were adopted by the Board in Volume I. The other conclusions and recommendationsdrawn in Volumes II – VI do not necessarily reect the opinion of the Board, but areincluded for the record. When there is conict, Volume I takes precedence.
 
On the Front Cover 
This was the crew patch for STS-107. The central element of the patch was the microgravity symbol, µg, owing intothe rays of the Astronaut symbol. The orbital inclination wasportrayed by the 39-degree angle of the Earthʼs horizon tothe Astronaut symbol. The sunrise was representative of thenumerous science experiments that were the dawn of a new era for continued microgravity research on the InternationalSpace Station and beyond. The breadth of science conduct-ed on this mission had widespread benets to life on Earthand the continued exploration of space, illustrated by theEarth and stars. The constellation Columba (the dove) waschosen to symbolize peace on Earth and the Space ShuttleColumbia. In addition, the seven stars represent the STS-107 crew members, as well as honoring the original Mercury 7 astronauts who paved the way to make research in spacepossible. The Israeli ag represented the rst person fromthat country to y on the Space Shuttle.
On the Back Cover 
This emblem memorializes the three U.S. human space ight accidents – Apollo 1, Challenger, and Columbia. The wordsacross the top translate to: “To The Stars, Despite Adversity – Always Explore“
The Board would like to acknowledge the hard work andeffort of the following individuals in the production of Volumes II – VI.
Maj. Gen. John L. Barry Executive Director to the ChairmanDennis R. Jenkins Investigator and Liaisonto the BoardLt. Col. Donald J. White Technical Editor Lt. Col. Patrick A. Goodman Technical Editor  Joshua M. Limbaugh Layout Artist Joseph A. Reid Graphic Designer Christine F. Cole Administrative Assistant Jana T. Schultz Administrative AssistantLester A. Reingold Lead Editor Christopher M. Kirchhoff Editor Ariel H. Simon Assistant Editor  Jennifer L. Bukvics Lead Project Manager Donna J. Fudge Senior Paralegal,Group II Coordinator Susan M. Plott Project Supervisor,Group III Coordinator Ellen M. Tanner Project Supervisor 
Limited First Printing, October 2003, by theColumbia Accident Investigation BoardSubsequent Printing and Distribution by theNational Aeronautics and Space Administrationand theGovernment Printing OfceWashington, D.C.
 
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V
OLUME
I
P
ART
O
NE
T
HE
A
CCIDENT
Chapter 1 The Evolution of the Space Shuttle ProgramChapter 2
Columbia
ʼs Final FlightChapter 3 Accident AnalysisChapter 4 Other Factors Considered
P
ART
T
WO
W
HY
 
THE
A
CCIDENT
O
CCURRED
Chapter 5 From
Challenger 
to
Columbia
Chapter 6 Decision Making at NASAChapter 7 The Accidentʼs Organizational CausesChapter 8 History as Cause:
Columbia
and
Challenger 
P
ART
T
HREE
A L
OOK
A
HEAD
Chapter 9 Implications for the Future of Human Space FlightChapter 10 Other Signicant ObservationsChapter 11 Recommendations
 
P
ART
F
OUR
A
PPENDICES
 
Appendix A The InvestigationAppendix B Board Member BiographiesAppendix C Board Staff 
V
OLUME
II
CAIB T
ECHNICAL
D
OCUMENTS
C
ITED
 
IN
 
THE
R
EPORT
Readerʼs Guide to Volume IIAppendix D.a Supplement to the ReportAppendix D.b Corrections to Volume I of the ReportAppendix D.1 STS-107 Training InvestigationAppendix D.2 Payload Operations Checklist 3Appendix D.3 Fault Tree Closure SummaryAppendix D.4 Fault Tree Elements Not ClosedAppendix D.5 Space Weather ConditionsAppendix D.6 Payload and Payload IntegrationAppendix D.7 Working ScenarioAppendix D.8 Debris Transport AnalysisAppendix D.9 Data Review and Timeline Reconstruction ReportAppendix D.10 Debris RecoveryAppendix D.11 STS-107 Columbia Reconstruction ReportAppendix D.12 Impact ModelingAppendix D.13 STS-107 In-Flight Options AssessmentAppendix D.14 Orbiter Major Modication (OMM) ReviewAppendix D.15 Maintenance, Material, and Management InputsAppendix D.16 Public Safety AnalysisAppendix D.17 MER Managerʼs Tiger Team ChecklistAppendix D.18 Past Reports ReviewAppendix D.19 Qualication and Interpretation of Sensor Data from STS-107Appendix D.20 Bolt Catcher Debris Analysis
 
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