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What caused the crash of Space Shuttle Columbia?

Written By: Der Voron

Posted: 3/11/2003 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 2465   Submitted By:0x6a656666   Category: Space
The crash of Space Shuttle Columbia occurred on January 31, 2002. Soon, many versions were offered to explain it. 
Here we would like to propose our explanation for this crash. Let us analyze the facts: 
1) The breakup occurred at a very great height, over 40 miles. This excludes any possibility for the supposed Earth-based attacker to shoot it down with existing land-to-air missiles (like say Patriot or S-200/S-300/S-400), as none of them are able to reach the height of even close to 40 miles. Others may entertain the possibility of an attack, with the use of special missiles or laser guns, launched by a Russian satellite, another space device, or a Russian high-altitude strategic bomber (e.g. TU-95 or TU-160) that somehow could approach or cross the US border. Those who believe that this is the truth may use, as a kind of "supportive information", the following fact: just about 20 minutes after the crash, RosAviaCosmos, the Russian space agency, declared that it might have been caused by a technical defect. But the problem is that some other specialists made their own (different) claims in the same time period.  
2) Some sources, including RosAviaCosmos, claim that a little fragment of Shuttle’s protective surface layer that had fallen off the Shuttle during its start on January 16, 2003, caused the formation of further splits, which then resulted in an explosion. Other sources, however, claim that during the time the Columbia was in the orbit, NASA specialists analyzed this problem and came to conclusion that it couldn’t influence the flight. This sounds a bit odd, since unprotected areas can very easily get caught in fire -- because of air friction.  
So actually, there may be two explanations for Columbia’s crash:  
I) Hot air friction sparked a fire in the damaged (unprotected) area while Columbia was descending at a speed of about 3.8 miles per second. The fire burnt through the unprotected area, and then reached the internal areas of the shuttle, its engines and fuel tanks.  
The problem with this scenario is that it could as easily have occurred during the shuttle’s takeoff, when its speed and air friction were approximately the same as when landing, and when the shuttle had much more fuel than during landing.  
II) It was shot down by extraterrestrials. Maybe they didn’t use any weapons to crash it, but simply approached it in their craft, causing Columbia’s electronics and engines to fail because of the effects of the alien starcraft’s electromagnetic fields. It also may be that an alien craft had approached the Columbia without any malicious intent, but that its electromagnetic field’s effects on Columbia’s electronics and engines were unforeseen by the aliens.  
This, however, doesn’t explain why the shuttle exploded in the air, instead of merely plummeting to the Earth. Thus, the more likely scenario is that Columbia was shot down by the alien craft.  
On this photo you can see the trajectory of the  
Shuttle Columbia’s fall.  
If so, the question arises: what did the aliens wish to show mankind by their action? Possibly that chemicals-based engines (which are used even by such advanced craft as space shuttles) have almost reached their peak effectiveness and reliability -- and that it is time to develop and actively use more reliable engines, like those electro-magnetic. Today’s weapons and missiles, which are much less effective than ray and/or laser weapons, face approximately the same condition. (Some weapons were reportedly tested by the Columbia’s crew during the flight, perhaps by the crew members who were simultaneously active [non-retired] military aircraft pilots: US Air Force colonel Rick Husband and Israeli Air Force colonel Ilan Ramon). 
...Moreover NASA has recently admitted that Space Shuttle Columbia’s crash might have happened because of a contact with an alien starcraft (see, for example, the following news from The Australian newspaper: 
NASA investigators keen on UFO 
February 26, 2003  
An independent board investigating the disintegration of the Space Shuttle Columbia is keenly interested in an object radar-tracked near the shuttle on its second day in orbit, a board member said. 
Air Force Brigadier General Duane Deal, a member of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, told the Orlando Sentinal newspaper in Florida that the object was suspected to have come from the shuttle itself.  
He described it as roughly one foot (0.3 metre) square and said it was noticed after investigators began reviewing radar data of the shuttle’s 16-day mission.  
Deal told the Sentinel the object was moving too slowly to be orbiting space junk, and that investigators believed it came from the shuttle.  
"There’s no way to know what it is," he said. "Possibly a tile that came loose or something that may have floated out of the ship’s payload bay ... You can conjecture almost anything."  
Deal said the debris, if that is what it was, "was some 50 feet (15 metres) away from the shuttle when it first appears on radar, then continues to move away until it falls out of orbit and burns up in the atmosphere somewhere over the South Pacific on January 20.  
"It’s not clear if the debris has anything to do with the accident," he said. "However, it’s just one thing of interest found in the 3,200 radar observations of the shuttle routinely taken during the mission."  
Deal said the examining board continued to scrutinise a piece of material, possibly insulation, that fell from the shuttle’s external fuel tank during launch and struck the ship’s left wing.  
The shuttle, after an uneventful 16 days in orbit, disintegrated and burned up over Texas on re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere on February 1, killing all seven astronauts aboard.  
Investigators were still searching for the thousands of pieces of the craft scattered over a vast, multi-state area, to determine the cause of the accident.) 
And some time before (just two days after the crash), President Bush admitted that aliens may exist. Coincidence? 
Der Voron, author of the book Starcraft