[FPSPACE] Re: Fire-related deaths
zirconic1 at earthlink.net
Thu Apr 15 13:31:51 EDT 2004
From: "CHARLES, JOHN B. (JSC-SL) (NASA)" <john.b.charles at nasa.gov>
>Thanks to Bob for many, many enlightened comments, most of which I agreed
with. One point needs some additional illumination.
Agreed. I am working on a longer reply to a number of them.
>In fact, by my count there were 7 fires in *US* space-chamber tests between
the late 1950s and April 1966, 1 of which caused the deaths of both
>So, let's don't blame the Russians for the Apollo fire deaths. NASA had
plenty of domestic warnings, and indeed debated it vigorously internally.
Sadly, apparently the USAF was also unable to learn from the NASA experience
I was going to note the same thing (without the statistics). The Americans _knew_ the dangers of operating in such an atmosphere. The problem was that before the Apollo 1 fire they engaged in creeping forgetfulness, gradually ignoring safety standards even despite significant warning signs.
I think that the Bodarenko death as warning sign is certainly unfair to the Russians. But it has persisted as a "space urban legend" for too long.
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