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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsAstronomy & Space · 1 decade ago

Which gas law caused the Columbia Space Shuttle to blow up?

please help!!!

which gas law (Boyle's Law, Charles Law, or Gay Lusaccs Law) caused the Columbia to blow up AND WHY?

please give the best answer you can!!

even if you only know a little bit thats fine.

thank you!!!!

4 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    None of them caused the Columbia Space shuttle to blow up. Laws didn't cause the explosion.

    Temperature vs. Volume caused the gas to expand rapidly, creating a massive amount of volume.

    Volume vs. Pressure created an inverse relationship of pressure in the shuttle, causing it to collapse on itself as the gas reacted.

  • 1 decade ago

    I'm not familiar with their laws, but this is what happened:

    The hole made in the leading edge of the wing allowed the re-entry gases, heated to thousands of degrees, into the unprotected aluminum and steel structure of the orbiter. With the heat-shield flawed in this small way, there was no way to fix the problem.

    NASA experts have stated that the forces acting on the orbiter did not increase so fast as to knock out the crew. They would have been conscious as the Shuttle exploded around them. It's a sobering thought.

  • rudel
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    the area commute Columbia suffered undetected damage from products of the froth insulation on it is exterior gasoline tank breaking away throughout carry-off. those products broke the countless defensive warmth sheild tiles. even as the commute tried re-get admission to into the Earth's ecosystem, great heated gases were compressed by small gaps and holes in between the wings. this blend of great heated and compressed atmospheric gases actually blew the area craft except for the interior out.

  • Holden
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Heat of re-entry is caused by compression heating.

    Compression heating is explained by Gay-Lussac's law

    P/T = constant. the compression rises, so does the temperature.

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