is it true there is a Self Destruction Button on The Space Shuttle?
- Pearl LLv 74 weeks agoFavorite Answer
i dont think so but you never know
- CliveLv 74 weeks ago
The answer to any question beginning "is It true?" is "no".
- 4 weeks ago
I think it’s true but it was only scheduled to be used if a hostile alien got onboard somehow
- Ronald 7Lv 74 weeks ago
On the Rocket Boosters and the External Tank there was
By Jettisoning them with explosive Bolts
The Mothership though was all in one piece
An escape pod however could have been handySource(s): Two Tragedies
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- 4 weeks ago
It's not on the space shuttle itself; it's up to the Range Safety officers on the ground. If the trajectory of the Space Shuttle ever diverted from the planned course - and, threatened populated areas - they could end the flight very quickly....
Space Shuttle astronauts routinely got to know the Range Safety people very well - so they'd think very hard about 'ending' a flight...
- Jim MoorLv 74 weeks ago
According to NASA (see 1st paragraph)
There is a propellant dispersion (self-destruct) system
I would assume this can be activated only on unmanned flights, or after manned portion is ejected.
- daniel gLv 74 weeks ago
No, but there is a pray the damed thing holds together button.
- ANDYLv 54 weeks ago
I do not believe on board a shuttle there would be a self destruction button. There is, however, a detonator button on land ready to be activated to explode the shuttle with its rockets and occupants in case something should go wrong with the mission, and the towns and cities below could result with deaths in the hundreds or thousands.
There is also the possibility that if the shuttle itself, without its rockets, should go astray, the astronauts would wait till the spacecraft is at a few thousand meters altitude, and now above the ocean, and bail out like from any other plane.
- AcetekLv 44 weeks ago