NASA Reports Sabotage of Flight Computer
By MARCIA DUNN
AP Aerospace Writer
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A space program worker deliberately damaged a computer that is supposed to fly aboard shuttle Endeavour in less than two weeks, an act of sabotage that was caught before the equipment was loaded onto the spaceship, NASA said Thursday.
The unidentified employee, who works for a NASA subcontractor, cut wires inside the computer that is supposed to be delivered to the international space station by Endeavour, said Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA's space operations chief. The worker also damaged a similar computer that was not meant to fly to space.
The sabotage occurred outside Florida. Gerstenmaier did not identify the subcontractor or where the damage took place.
NASA's inspector general office is investigating.
NASA hopes to fix the computer and launch it Aug. 7 as planned aboard Endeavour. The computer is designed for use aboard the space station, not the shuttle, and the damage would have posed no danger to either shuttle or station astronauts, Gerstenmaier said.
July 26, 2007 - 4:44 p.m. EDT
I say it calls for tar and feathering! what a *&%#&()_!!
I definately hope they charge him for attempted premeditated murder along with some terrorism charges. Theres been some wierd uses of the terrorism laws, but how is blowing up the space shuttle different than the goals of a terrorist? I think the laws rightfully apply even if he doesnt have contact with a terrorist organization. Basically nail him to the wall for some hard federal time rather then treating it like some wierd white collar stuf.
I would like to hear more of this story before forming an opion on it. What wires did he cut, how many, could it have been a mistake. What exactly would this box have controlled. Was it a life support system or a scientific experiment he felt he was being robbed of credit for? There are so many what ifs. I hate it that everyone wants to blanket everything under the Terrorism Laws....
I mean I scare people on Halloween, is that Terrorism to???
PS From the story...
The computer is designed for use aboard the space station, not the shuttle, and the damage would have posed no danger to either shuttle or station astronauts, Gerstenmaier said.
Remember its easy to call another person an idiot, it is much harder to prove you are not one yourself!- Bubba Love
I don't think astronauts are considered "subcontractors" to NASA. :P
I meant the one who shot went postal with the gun days after the Vtech tragedy, not the loony lady one. But all in all, the mental health of NASA and affiliates is looking shaky, especially after announcing today that several times drunk/hungover astronauts have launched
Bah--this world is soundly founded on alcohol. It's been powering our civilizations and quieting our melancholies since Mesopotamia. I'm alright with drunk astronauts. Forge the future, get the beer *****!
The reality of manned space flight is just settling in. Instead of exploring distant planets they're doing science fair experiments in a decaying closet-sized tube while the robots are finding martian caves.