Fabulous Idea

From Holden:

Here’s an idea: as the last Space Shuttle mission was such a fabulous success…

..why don’te we chuck some of those boring old safety standards and start launching shuttles like bottle rockets?

NASA officials have loosened the standards for what constitutes an acceptable risk of damage from the kind of debris that led to the disintegration of the shuttle Columbia as it was returning from space two years ago, internal documents show.

The move has set off a debate within the agency about whether the changes are a reasonable reassessment of the hazards of flight or whether they jettison long-established rules to justify getting back to space quickly.