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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Jun 29, 2005 3:30:43 GMT -6
TV Review: 'Seconds from Disaster: Columbia's Last Flight'
The National Geographic Channel will pick apart the steps and missteps that led up to the NASA’s Columbia tragedy, which killed seven astronauts and destroyed one orbiter, tonight during a one-hour program highlighting the disaster.
Using reenactments, computer graphics and a veritable mountain of research and investigation results, “Seconds to Disaster: Columbia’s Last Flight “ recreates the final minutes before the space shuttle Columbia broke apart during reentry and offers an in-depth look at the disaster’s causes. The program is part of an ongoing series that traces the cause of natural and manmade disasters.
In a way, “Columbia’s Last Flight” picks up where an earlier documentary – “Astronaut Diaries: Remembering the Columbia Shuttle Crew” – left off. Whereas the latter program paints an intimate portrait of the seven astronauts who made up Columbia’s ill-fated STS-107 crew, “Last Flight” focuses on the mechanics of the mission, as well as the accident at launch that proved fatal at the spaceflight’s end