January 27, 2013
One of the problems was that the capsule had pure oxygen in it. And a lot of things that won't hardly even burn in normal air will burn explosively in a pure oxygen atmosphere.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sun Jan 27 17:02:29 2013 (+rSRq)
That was the crux of why it was a scandal and not just a tragic learning curve. Pure O2 has some advantages for spacecraft but North American didn't bother to test their "fireproof" materials in pure O2.
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sun Jan 27 17:33:47 2013 (vp6an)
After that, all hatches opened outwards, and had explosive bolts too.
Posted by: Mauser at Sun Jan 27 23:34:49 2013 (cZPoz)
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at Mon Jan 28 23:48:44 2013 (pWQz4)
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Tue Jan 29 00:19:59 2013 (vp6an)
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