NASA Sued Over Loss of Columbia Module

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

Spacehab module.

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