Columbia Plus 10 Lessons Learned and Unlearned
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Columbia Plus 10 Lessons Learned and Unlearned

8 March 2013
Location: Washington, DC,
Venue: The George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs, Continental Ballroom


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It has been ten years since the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated upon reentry. The events of February 3, 2003 shook our nation, and forced us to reexamine how the U.S. maintains its leadership in human space exploration. In the wake of this national tragedy, the Columbia Accident Investigation Board identified not only the direct cause of the accident, but also various organizational contributors to the accident, which led to significant changes to the safety protocols that are used in designing and certifying vehicles for crew safety. However, for these lessons to remain meaningful as our missions and our technologies change, we must never forget these lessons.

Lessons Learned and Unlearned will not only examine the findings of the CAIB, but will also provide firsthand accounts from the individuals who led the investigation, addressing what they learned about the organizational needs of the human space exploration program, and about the review and oversight of long-term advanced technology programs. Please join us for a robust presentation devoted to what we learned in the wake of the Columbia tragedy, and what lessons have been reaffirmed and must be remembered for the future.