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MCC Answers: STS-107

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1. Sarah, of Antioch, Ill., asks the question:
What does it mean when, during the launch procedure, you say that there are "no unexpected errors"?
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2. C. "Max" LeMire, of Central Square, N.Y., asks the question:
I understand that on the STS-107 mission there will be no EVAs. My question is why do you load spacesuits into the shuttle, with no EVA's planned? It seems the extra weight could be avoided.
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3. Kevin Pitman, of Bridgend, South Wales, asks the question:
Could you please tell me the thickness of the tiles that cover the shuttle, especially the heat shield?
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4. Jacob Paul Porter, of Bishop, Ga., asks the question:

How long does it take a space shuttle to get from the east coast to the west coast of the United States?
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5. Jeff Lackmeyer, of Vidalia, Ga., asks the question:
Given that the most efficient orbit launched from KCS has an orbital inclination of about 28 degrees, why was an inclination of 39 degrees selected for STS-107?
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6. James Sutherland, of Vancouver, Wash., Asks the question:
Just after 16:30 CST on Jan. 16, a call up was made to Columbia about a "View Port Violation" which would require the crew to cover the viewports. I've never heard this call before, and I'm curious what it refers to.
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7. Elda Galvez, of Houston, Texas, asks the question:
How do you get the water to flow through the water pipes without any gravity present?
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8. Kirby Runyon, of Spring Arbor, Mich., asks the question:
At what altitude does the shuttle begin to "feel" the effects -- rapid deceleration and heating -- of re-entry?
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9. Jimmy Xu, of Toronto, Ontario, asks the question:
What is the maximum dynamic pressure, and why does the shuttle throttle down at Max-Q?
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10. Sarah, of Antioch, Ill., asks the question:
What does it mean when you say that the "three liquid fuel main engines are throttling forward in a three step fashion?"
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Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 05/27/2003
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