Archive: Danger of Descent

The Shuttle Years

Space Station Alpha's dimensions grow with the addition of the 91-meter long SO truss. A look at the role played by the Canadarm2 and by the Space Railroad, a mobile structure on which the Canadarm2 will travel. The astronauts face constant danger in all phases of space flight, as seen in the destruction of the shuttle Columbia during its tragic descent through the Earth's atmosphere on February 1, 2003.
Aired:
Sep 11, 2006