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From: TerryMosel@aol.com
Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2003 19:33:16 EST
Subject: Columbia Disaster Documentary

Hi all,

I have just got these further details from Nigel Henbest & Heather Couper:

"Just to let you know that our instant documentary on the Space Shuttle is 
airing on Saturday, 15th March, at 8.00 pm on Channel 4.

Heather is narrating the programme, in a collaboration with her old TV 
company Pioneer Productions. Nigel, wearing his Pioneer hat, is 

And we apologise for the title (Space Shuttle: the Human Time-Bomb?). It was 
devised by Channel 4, and forced on us despite our vigorous protestations!!

As you'll guess (or may have gathered from the TV trailers or Radio Times), 
it's an investigation into not just the Columbia tragedy, but the basic 
design faults in the Shuttle system, forced on NASA way back in Richard 
Nixon's day, by the US military and the White House.

Hard hitting, and deeply upsetting for us to make (Heather was on the road in 
the US, interviewing astronauts who knew the Columbia crew as friends, and 
also the inhabitants of the town of Nacogdoches, where much of the debris 

But we hope it will raise questions that will help to lead to a safer launch 
system for future astronauts.



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