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Anomaly Analysis: NASA's Engineering and Safety Center Checks Recurring Shuttle GlitchesThe NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC), set up in the wake of the Columbia accident to backstop engineers in the space shuttle program, is reviewing hundreds of recurring anomalies that the program had determined don't affect flight safety to see if in fact they might. The NESC is expanding its support to other programs across the agency, as well. The effort, which will later extend to the International Space Station (ISS), is a principal part of the attempt to overcome the normalization of deviance--a situation in which organizations proceeded as if nothing was wrong in the face of evidence that something was wrong--cited by sociologist Diane Vaughn as contributing to both space shuttle disasters.
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Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Morring, Frank, Jr. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 21, 2013
Publication Date
August 2, 2004
Publication Information
Publication: Aviation Week and Space Technology
Volume: 161
Issue: 5
ISSN: 0005-2175
Subject Category
Space Transportation and Safety
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