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Response to blackspade (Reply #39)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 10:34 AM

40. Columbia was too heavy to reach ISS

Yes, shuttle was originally designed for station travel, but those plans were trashed before shuttle was built, and many changes were made as shuttle struggled for purpose. (Thank Nixon)

PBS website covers several rescue scenarios-
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/space/space-shuttle-rescue.html

An interesting read that might make you mad.

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