COLUMBIA ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION REPORT TO BE GIVEN AT NMU

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  MARQUETTE – NASA engineer Matt Melis will present the Space Shuttle Columbia Accident Investigation Report from 2-3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, in the Mead Auditorium of the West Science Building at Northern Michigan University.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Melis is a former NMU student works as an aerospace engineer in the ballistic impact research lab at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. He will present an overview of the seven-month long investigation into the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia, and share details that suggest how engineers believe the breach occurred in the ColumbiaÂ’s wing leading edge thermal protection system that led to the breakup of the orbiter on re-entry. Melis will highlight the specific work he was involved in, which conducted ballistic impact testing and analysis in support of the investigation, for both the investigation and the current return to flight efforts.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  The public is invited to attend the event free of charge. The event is sponsored by the Seaborg Center and the NMU mathematics department.



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Jessica Holman
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