[FPSPACE] Genesis Mishap Investigation
thomsona at flash.net
Sat Oct 16 19:30:14 EDT 2004
>> [What criteria determines the use of the words "mishap investigation"
>> instead of "accident investigation"? "Mishap" is a pretty wimpy word
>> and yet NASA often uses it when the event costs tens of millions of
> It was used for Columbia also. It was called "Mishap Response Status" but
> I think it was changed to "Accident" after a while.
Remember "malfunction". Also "anomaly."
I think people, particularly speaking in a corporate context, just have an
aversion to calling bad things by accurate names.
When I was looking into satellite vulnerability problems, it became obvious
that "vulnerability" was not a good word to use. More positive terms like
"survivability" or, even better, "protection" were much preferred.
--the war situation has developed not necessarily to Japan's advantage--
Emperor Hirohito, Accepting the Potsdam Declaration, Radio Broadcast.
14 August 1945
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