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  •  I've heard that too. The question becomes, (3+ / 0-)
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    elginblt, Munchkn, radarlady

    before you even think about whether it would work, did they have the bags and did they have the water? Did they have the tools and equipment (adhesives? tie-downs? bungee cords?) to attach and secure the bags to panel 8? If they had the water for this, would they have enough water left to drink and keep them from dehydrating? One thing that Apollo 13 made clear is that spacecraft have very limited supplies, only what they need for the mission at hand, as every pound counts; any problem-solving has to be done with only what they have on board. (The movie encapsulated this with a line of dialogue about adapting the air scrubbers: "We have to make this, fit into the hole for this, using nothing but that.")

    •  Mr Shuttle Fix-it (0+ / 0-)

      I know that they had some of the really really good (and expensive) space program duct tape.  Water... good question. I don't know where the water that was made from the fuel cells went -they may have been able to use waste water, too (any port in a storm?).  Plastic bags, I'd be pretty sure that they have them for all sorts of storage stuff.  The thing that honks me off is that they didn't even try.

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