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Eliminate unnecessary failure analysis

An employee at KSC recently performed an engineering analysis of a broken office chair. The chair was 17 years old, and was subjected to metallurgical and electron microscopy analysis. See the following for full details:

 

http://images.spaceref.com/news/2011/KSC-MSL-2011-0045.pdf

 

Performing such an analysis on a piece of cheap 17-year old office furniture is poor use of tax dollars. These kinds of decisions demonstrate a lack of common sense.

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