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Spectral lines: A NASA design defect

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The principal suspects in the Jan. 28 shuttle accident, as we write, are the gaskets, or O-rings, intended as the ultimate seal between segments of the solid rocket motors. Their potentiality for failure had been well known; their deterioration during previous missions had been well documented; and numerous alternate designs had been proposed.

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IEEE Spectrum  (Volume:23 ,  Issue: 4 )