A pound and a half of foam: That's what caused the Columbia shuttle to disintegrate upon re-entry. Read this harrowing excerpt from the book coming out regarding Columbia and what went wrong exactly (and I do mean exactly).
I read this and then reflected on watching bits and pieces of "Armageddon" broadcast on Monday night on ABC. The premise being that the space shuttle could land on a giant meteor hurtling towards earth, while dodging, Star Wars-like, the surrounding debris screaming around and from the big rock. Laughable.
Link props to Vodkapundit.