Flags at the Kennedy Space Center are now flying half staff.

In the short amount of time since the incident, people have already begun to speculate on reasons for failure. One former shuttle commander brought up the possibility that the shuttle was not perfectly aligned during reentry. At those speeds (Mach 6), a slight misalignment could place severe stress on the body of the shuttle and could lead to the catastrophic failure this morning. There’s also the chance that enough thermal tiles came off the shuttle to cause the aluminum skin underneath to melt. Some mention is being made on some debris coming off the shuttle and striking its left wing during takeoff, which may have led to the loss of thermal tiles. Somehow I doubt this would have lead to the breakup, but there’s previous little evidence to go on.

Husbands, wives, and children waiting for the shuttle return at 9:16 EST were apparently taken to a separate facility shortly after it failed to return.

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