UWP professor to give Columbia explosion answers

February 28, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. - At 9 a.m., on Feb. 1 of this year, the nation and the world lost seven great heroes to a very tragic space accident. The space shuttle, Columbia Orbiter, exploded just minutes from home, leaving NASA and so many others devastated and confused as to what had happened.

On Tuesday, March 4, at 12 p.m., in the Wisconsin Room of the Pioneer Student Center, UW-Platteville Professor Osama Jadaan (general engineering) is giving a presentation on the reason for the explosion. For the past 12 years, Jadaan has been working his summers at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.

There he has been completing research on the reliability of brittle materials of ceramics and ceramic composites on space shuttles, or otherwise known as the Thermal-Protection System (TPS). The presentation will be composed of three parts.

The first part of the presentation will be an overview of the Orbiter, solid rocket boosters and the external fuel tank. The second segment will be a minute-by-minute account of the happened up until the Orbiter's fatal moment. The third portion will be about the design of the thermal ceramic tiles, which make up the bulk of the Orbiter's TPS.

This presentation is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend.

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