Stunning admission from NASA tonight regarding the insulating foam that broke off Discovery’s external fuel tank during the launch yesterday — “We decided it was safe to fly as is,” Mr. Parsons said [according to the NY Times]. “Obviously, we were wrong.”
No spin. No qualifying. No pointing of fingers. Just … “we were wrong.” The story and the investigation will be massive, I’m sure, but it’s refreshing to start with a simple admission of the obvious. The integrity of the Discovery and the safety of the crew do not seem to be in question so far. Let’s all hope so.