Links: | AP | Reuters |September 3 (Day 246, Pregnancy): NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe and Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB) chairman, Ret. Navy Adm. Harold W. Gehman Jr., testified before the Senate committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. The Senators asked some difficult questions that struck at the very heart of NASA's problems as O'Keefe and Gehman sat as witnesses to the Congressional inquiry. The chief investigator and investigatee of the Columbia disaster were both being investigated by Congress in the District of Columbia.
The Senators wanted to know when the NASA culture would change. Shocking though it may be, the NASA culture reflects the Senate culture. Another wanted to know how NASA could promote Ralph Roe to the number 2 position in the new NASA safety organization when he was one of the 3 responsible for rejecting requests for pictures of the doomed Columbia. The Senator pointed out that this proved NASA still doesn't get it.
During the night, the weather angels marked a line under Washington, DC on the SPC Storm graphic. All the wind and hail storm reports lined up in a single line under Washington, DC. The line simulated a re-entry path. The weather angels had filed into Washington, DC overnight to mark the spot of the next step in the cursing of NASA and the USA related to the Columbia disaster, which represented the Second Advent. There was one tornado reported in Church Creek, Maryland at 38 N., for dying in the wilderness, and 76, for skill. The Senators wanted to know why NASA was not using more skill in the aftermath of the Columbia explosion that left astronauts to die in the wilderness.
On the satellite picture, a weather elephant over Washington, DC stretched through Houston, the home of NASA's Johnson Space Center. An elephant represents a demon Commander, such as Baal. Tropical Depression 12 popped up off Florida's west coast in the Gulf of Mexico. Florida is the home of Kennedy Space Center where Columbia was supposed to land.
Links: | AP | Weather |Hurricane Fabian in the Atlantic north of Puerto Rico continued to display the image of a horse, the symbol of war and a male phallic reversionist. It has winds of 110 knots northwest. It is spinning northwest. Fabian means bean. It is a reminder of Esau, who sold his birthright for a mess of lentils.
The image of an elephant on the weather map stretched from Texas through Washington, DC. An elephant represents a demon Commander, such as Baal.
The Senators were upset and asked probing questions. The questions were good but not good enough. The Columbia investigation was very good, but not good enough. When the blind lead the blind, both fall into the ditch. For example, no NASA manager has every managed the Orbiter Processing Facility where the tile damage went unheeded. Ralph Roe was responsible for the OPF a few years back. Ralph is an old plumber who has been promoted to manage a new safety program that will require state-of-the-art computer analysis. And safety is a foreign term to most professional engineers. The Columbia investigative committee did not demonstrate a grasp of safety in the final report. Yet, when God decides to call people home, the circumstances are not under man's control.
Although it is not perfect, NASA's safety program is far superior to that of any organization in the world. No one seems to have given credit where credit is due. Instead, the committee discovered some half-baked bureaucrats and concluded that NASA had a safety problem. NASA has a leadership problem and a management problem, but it is years ahead of the nearest competitor in safety. To compare NASA safety to unmanned launch operations and nuclear submarines is grossly unfair. If the torpedoes were manned, it would be a slightly better comparison. To compare a nuclear sub to the Shuttle is worse than comparing a turtle to a jumbo jet. To call in the Navy to investigate NASA is beyond absurd.
The Space Shuttle is a 4.5 million pound vehicle flown at 17,000 mph by 5 engines with a total of 7 million pounds of thrust. It is controlled by a quad redundant closed loop control system with independent architectural backup. It is fail operational, fail-operational, fail safe. Astronauts sit in a shirt-sleeve environment with forces that never exceed 3 G's. NASA doesn't just have a good safety program. It is the best in the history of the world. So, when those who are educated beyond their intelligence decide to criticize NASA safety, they should first take their hats off and bow in respect before uttering a peep. And the Navy, with its 25-knot floating tubs, should never be allowed in the room.