TSS - Dumb Question

jvarney@mail2.quiknet.com
Wed, 28 Feb 1996 11:33:25 -0800

The astronauts reported, and I saw on NASA TV, that the end of the tether
appeared "charred."  It did have a black, burned appearance.

Dumb question: how does something "char" in space when there is no oxygen
present to oxidize the material?

Jim
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