Columbia Accident Investigation Board report.

Main Author: United States. Columbia Accident Investigation Board.
Other Authors: Gehman, Harold W., United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: [Arlington, Va.] ; Houston, Tex : Washington, D.C. : Columbia Accident Investigation Board ; Distributed by National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2003.
Physical Description: 6 volumes in 8 : color illustrations ; 28 cm.
Also available electronically via World Wide Web in PDF format.
Table of Contents:
  • Vol. 1-2 (issued with CD-ROM)
  • Vol. 3-6 (vol. 5 issued in 3 parts: appendices G.1-G.9; G.10-G.12; G.13). Vol. 1 dated August 2003; Vols. 2-6 dated October 2003.
  • The evolution of the space shuttle program
  • The Challenger accident
  • Columbia's final flight
  • Accident analysis
  • Other factors considered
  • Challenger accident and its aftermath
  • NASA human space flight culture
  • When to replace the space shuttle?
  • Decision making at NASA
  • Accident's organizational causes
  • History as cause: Columbia and Challenger
  • Implications for the future of human space flight
  • Crew escape and survival
  • Brittle fracture of A-286 Bolts
  • Solid rocket booster external tank attachment ring.