If a Shuttle can only survive RCC holes smaller than one square inch, how did Columbia make it all the way to Texas with
a 72 in2 hole?
Why is the Shuttle so hot when it hits the atmosphere?
Why was the debris field so large?
Why did the left wing pieces fall farthest west, while the main engine powerheads made it to Louisiana?
Why did some pieces hit the ground faster than a bullet and some fluttered like bird feathers?
What happened to the crew and what would have happened if Columbia lasted another minute or two?
Answers to these questions and the understanding behind being able to answer them is key to understanding the Columbia
Accident Investigation Board's report and especially the technical Appendix documents. I invite any interested individuals
and the media to refer to this tutorial whenever you desire to enhance your understanding of spacecraft descent and entry.
At the end of (and sometimes throughout) each page is a detailed procedure for piloting the Delta Glider in Orbiter.
These are not definitive and require further testing, so you can't sue me for killing yourself in the simulator, but I will
offer a full refund of my charge :). As I have yet to successfully deadstick land from entry interface to the runway
without application of power...well, I'm sure you can figure the rest out.