More Debris from ET?

From: George Roberts (
Date: Fri Feb 07 2003 - 10:46:59 EST

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    Just a quick thought: If one piece of debris came off the external tank, why
    not more later in the flight (not seen on video due to camera distance)?
    When the Shuttle was going much faster, say mach 5 or mach 20?  Maybe 
    the air was thick enough and fast enough to accelerate a piece of foam to 
    high enough speeds to damage the carbon-carbon leading edge of the wing.
    A question for the group: 
    Is it true that the ET burns up in the earth's atmosphere and is therefore 
    unlikely to provide any evidence for what happened?
    - George Roberts
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