clean bill of health

アメリカのスペースシャトルは、打ち上げ時にまたも耐熱材が剥がれ、国際宇宙ステーションから底面を撮影して画像を分析することになった。これを報じる記事で使われていたのが clean bill of health である。

NASA officials hope the clean bill of health so far indicates they have solved the problem of falling foam from shuttle fuel tanks that caused the Columbia disaster in 2003.

辞書には、an assurance that someone is healthy or something is in good condition という定義があり、今回のシャトルの記事にあるように、人(の健康)以外のものに「おすみつき」を与える場合にも使われるようだ。


The farm and health ministers were grilled by reporters at a news conference Thursday over the clean bill of health they issued for beef, although testing of all domestic beef cattle for bovine spongiform just began the same day.


The US is determined to attack Iraq even if Mr. Blix and his team give a clean bill of health after their inspection of suspected Iraqi chemical and biological weapons sites.


In one instance, a young woman with no family history of breast cancer underwent routine breast exams for four years and came back with a clean bill of health. But doctors later found she had breast cancer that had spread to other parts of the body.

スペースシャトルは、これまで「チャレンジャー」、「コロンビア」が事故で失われており、「ディスカバリー」の無事な帰還を祈りたい。今回の打ち上げについて、The New York Times は、

The striking thing about this shuttle flight is that the most important task is simply survival - of both the vehicle and the astronauts who are riding in it.