What does worry me:
"The Mission Control Center in Houston informed the STS-118 and Expedition 15 crews late Thursday that Saturday’s spacewalk will not include repairs of Space Shuttle Endeavour’s heat shield.
After hours of reviewing data and imagery collected during the inspections by the STS-118 crew , the managers decided
the damage did not pose a safety risk to the crew or Endeavour. The damage occurred during Endeavour’s climb to orbit on Aug. 8.
I agree with you here. The article I linked at the bottom of this posts mentions a chairman and commander, but nothing of the engineers. I'm assuming they are just the spokes people for NASA as engineers tend to get to technical when trying to explain a situation.
Shit, isn't there an engineer there that Graduated from SIU, Joan Higgonbotham or something like that? I guess SIU does make the best engineers in the world though!
I graduated from SIU so that automatically makes it the best school in the world
They are out there anyways, why not just do the repair?
It comes down to whether or not they believe that it is worth it for them to attempt to fix it. From the quick read I did, it showed that they have a way to fix it, but they are unsure about which of the two choices is better. One is for repairing thin, hairline fractures and the other is for a larger hole. This one is inbetween so they would either have to hope the hairline fix works, or make the hole bigger to use the patches they have, which could make things worse.
From the data analysis report I browsed, it said they did multiple tests and simulations involving the same materials and temperature, and it was concluded that they should be ok.
could one of you smart guys explain what it is you're talking about
This is a pretty good article explaining the situation. Also if you go to Arch's link and read a couple of the articles, you can get a good understanding of what's happening.