February 4, 2006 - Posted at 2:19 p.m. CST
HOUSTON (AP) _ NASA is being sued for cargo lost in the shuttle
Columbia, almost exactly three years after the spacecraft
disintegrated over Texas.
The commercial space company Spacehab filed the federal lawsuit
yesterday, seeking 80 million dollars for a research module
destroyed in the Columbia tragedy. The seven Columbia crew members
conducted experiments in the Spacehab module during the ill-fated
The lawsuit alleges that NASA ignored its own safety rules,
failed to fix key problems with the shuttle, and then improperly
allowed Columbia to launch without addressing the danger.
The company says it filed the lawsuit after NASA failed to offer
a timely response to a previous claim. Spacehab is also appealing
an earlier eight million payment NASA made for the lost