A sample text widget

Etiam pulvinar consectetur dolor sed malesuada. Ut convallis euismod dolor nec pretium. Nunc ut tristique massa.

Nam sodales mi vitae dolor ullamcorper et vulputate enim accumsan. Morbi orci magna, tincidunt vitae molestie nec, molestie at mi. Nulla nulla lorem, suscipit in posuere in, interdum non magna.


I keep seeing these different video clips of the breakup, and to me it looks increasingly like Columbia lost a wing or the vertical stabilizer. Something broad and flat appears to flip away just after the breakup begins.

Interestingly, the Arlington home-video clip shows the trail turning a deep brownish-red or purplish-red just before anything appears wrong with the Orbiter itself (well, unless the trail itself was a problem, but it looked normal as I recall up to that point). They hypergolics are described as brownish gases, so perhaps there was a leak from one of the tanks or a stuck-open thruster. I’ve no clue what color burning aluminum gives off, but an analysis of the trail colors in these videos could give hints of what was burning when. Unfortunately, I doubt the tapes are of such quality as to give more than a broad hint based on color.

Comments are closed.