Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Fairly Optimistic Attitude about Future

While skimming over the CAIB report for class on Friday, I was very surprised at the optimistic and positive attitude NASA seems to have after the Columbia disaster. You would think that after two horrific tragedies in a time span of less than twenty years, the organization would be discouraged to say the least and probably not extremely confident about future space explorations. However, in the Implications for the Future of Human Space Flight in the CAIB report, NASA offers encouraging remarks about future space flights and also describes in detail the steps NASA will be taking to avoid another disaster from occuring. For example, the report admits to NASA having at times compromised safety because of organizational and culutral problems and explains how NASA will be making changes to improve the culture and climate in the Human Space Flight Program.