H.Res.467 - Commending the astounding work of the Southwest Research Institute in discovering the cause of the Columbia space shuttle disaster.108th Congress (2003-2004)
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|Sponsor:||Rep. Gonzalez, Charles A. [D-TX-20] (Introduced 11/21/2003)|
|Committees:||House - Science|
|Latest Action:||11/21/2003 Referred to the House Committee on Science. (All Actions)|
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[Congressional Bills 108th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H. Res. 467 Introduced in House (IH)] 108th CONGRESS 1st Session H. RES. 467 Commending the astounding work of the Southwest Research Institute in discovering the cause of the Columbia space shuttle disaster. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES November 21, 2003 Mr. Gonzalez (for himself, Mr. Smith of Texas, Mr. Rodriguez, Mr. Lampson, and Mr. Bell) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Science _______________________________________________________________________ RESOLUTION Commending the astounding work of the Southwest Research Institute in discovering the cause of the Columbia space shuttle disaster. Whereas the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated above Texas on February 1, 2003, claiming the lives of six brave American astronauts and Israel's first astronaut; Whereas, through a series of tests, investigators at the Southwest Research Institute and NASA demonstrated that the cause of the space shuttle disaster began with debris that fell off the external tank after launch and caused damage to a critical heat shield; Whereas the investigators at the Southwest Research Institute demonstrated that the breach in the wing's delicate heat-protection system was caused by a 1.67-pound block of foam that was fired by a gas-powered gun and fell off Columbia 82 seconds after launch, and that such a block of foam could cause catastrophic damage; Whereas the simulation conducted by the Southwest Research Institute came after months of careful research and confirms that the energy of foam impact on the wing had been previously underestimated; Whereas the Southwest Research Institute's ground-breaking discovery will change the way space shuttles are designed and paves the way for safer space travel in the future; Whereas the Southwest Research Institute was founded by a philanthropist who believed that science and technology are the keys to a better world; Whereas the Southwest Research Institute's recent discovery lives up to the premise upon which it was founded; Whereas the Southwest Institute should be recognized for its unique ability to utilize science and technology for the advancement of mankind; and Whereas the United States will be forever grateful for the sacrifice the astronauts of Columbia made for the future of NASA and space exploration: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives recognizes and commends the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas for its outstanding work in demonstrating the cause of the Columbia space shuttle disaster. <all>