@ibelieveinlogic: The invitation to supper and the look into the carburetor’s o-ring problem after supper were contemporary with Feynman’s investigations into the causes of the explosion. You might want to re-read the details in my post.
That has nothing to do with it.
@ibelieveinlogic: Feynman admitted he had been led into forming wrong conclusions about the o-rings being the cause of the Challenger disaster. He was badly troubled by the knowledge that he had fooled himself. One of my all-time favorite people.
I'm wondering where, how, did Feynman "fool himself" about the o-ring cause ?
Can you explain that?
Are you saying the o-ring failure was not the cause?
@ibelieveinlogic: I watched the disaster happen live on TV. You can still find video of it on-line. Watch carefully and see the booster rockets intact and functioning normally for several seconds after the tank exploded.
So did I, I remember it well, in fact my wife got a little peeved with me spending all morning watching repeats over and over, trying to be sure I was seeing that spark, I thought I'd spotted.
Seems to me you are talking about after the o-ring leak first became a torch? Okay, hard to tell but that initial leak spread in a hurry. Then the explosion pretty much obliterated the image for a few seconds.
@ibelieveinlogic: Try and figure out just how the flames shown in the down range film cut into the tank – they didn’t – they were on the opposite side of the rocket, not on the tank side.
I tried seeing what you are seeing, after 1:45 min, but it doesn't work. There was a flame, on one side, then the other, then a band of flame the main fuel tank side, then an explosion. It's pretty easy to visualize as a seam seal issue, and that seam was supposed to be sealed with a fully intact O-ring. And subsequent testing proved the material handled poorly in low temperatures. What else are thinking?
What was buried?
Is there a different cause?
Is that visualization inaccurate?
What are the chances that flames cut through the thin tank (initiating explosion) before the “ET structural connection” holding the tanks together were torch-cut and disconnected that way, initiating explosion.
But other than that, what other scenarios are people imaging?
0:25, that spark is near the fuel tank side and 1:45, cascades real fast.