PowerPoint Brought Down the Space Shuttle?

Well I know PowerPoint can be frustrating, but it also has its admirers. I hadn’t realised that some people blame it for the Columbia space shuttle crash.

“When the investigators sought out a report documenting details of the shuttle’s design or performance, they often found only PowerPoint presentations, the Los Angeles Times reported.

They suggested that using the software to present complex information – including an engineer’s assessment of possible wing damage during the mission – might have been dangerous.”

It is easy to understand how a senior manager might read this PowerPoint slide and not realise that it addresses a lifethreatening situation,” they wrote in the report on the cause of the crash. “

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