SPACE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA MISSING!
This is tragic news. Like me, I am sure you are left with that horrible, unreal, numb feeling for hours on end after hearing about
something as devastating as this.
I thought it was quite coincidental (nothing implied) that Challenger met with disaster with its first woman on board (?), and now Columbia
meets with disaster with its first Isreali on board. Also, the time of year that each disaster occurred is similar.
I've just heard on the radio that those people in the crash site area should stay indoors due to the toxic debris. Take care, all of you in
Edited by - SpannerintheWorks on 2 February 2003 5:19:4
My condolences. It's truly a national tragedy that came at a bad time.
The last I read anything about it, Ohare airport in Chicago is the busiest airport in the US. Dallas/Fort Worth is number two, so Vens concern about incoming and outgoing aircraft being hit is right on target. Fortunately, the debris seemed to have went east of the Dallas/Ft Worth Metroplex.
My daughter in Denton finally called and is doing fine, which I was reasonably sure she was, but it was nice to hear her voice. Hopefully no one was hit anywhere which would be something of a miracle.
Rick Husband, the commander of the shuttle on this flight grew up in Amarillo. He was an engineer and an Air force colonel. A very capable fellow and he will be sorely missed. Bug
I guess the landing portion of the mission is thought of as a 'piece of cake' as much of it is under computer control, supposedly free from the dangers encountered during the launch phase. What a tragedy! I pray they didn't know what happened on board and that the 7 didn't suffer.
There are 3 people still on the Int'l Space Station. What will happen to them if NASA suspends shuttle flights as they did after the Challenger disaster? Warrigal
Warri, there are three Russian rescue modules that could be used so all is not lost and they could just send another shuttle up.
Actually I believe that the first woman aboard Challenger was Sally Ride in 84, I think you are thinking of the "teacher in space" program that sent Christa McCauliffe (sp?), a teacher from the northeast, up in Challenger in 86.
The crew of the space shuttle Columbia wave before boarding January 16. They are leaving the Operations and Checkout Building at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Commander Rick Husband is at center. Behind him in the front row from left are Kalpana Chawla and William McCool; second row from left are Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon and Laurel Clark; and third row from left are Michael Anderson and David Brown.
The shuttle lifts off from Cape Canaveral January 16.
Crowds along State Road 50 in Titusville, Florida, watch the space shuttle as it lifts off from its launch pad.
Mission Specialist Laurel Clark, from left, Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon, Commander Rick Husband and Mission Specialist Kalpana Chawla communicate with the crew aboard the international space station. Ramon became the first Israeli to fly into space on this flight.
As the shuttle descended over Texas, an amateur photographer captured a flash of light from the shuttle's path. The shuttle was to have landed at Kennedy Space Center at 9:16 a.m. ET Saturday.
A National Weather Service image shows the area of the debris field.
United Space Alliance employees console each other inside the vehicle assembly building at the Kennedy Space Center after hearing about the breakup of Columbia.
NASA reported that communications were lost with Columbia at approximately 8 a.m. (9 a.m. ET) over east Texas.
Debris believed to be a piece of space shuttle Columbia lies behind police barrier tape in downtown Nacogdoches, Texas.
Here in Central Florida where Cape Canaveral is we always get on the news when a launch is going to take place (because you can see if from your back yard) as well as the reentry because the sonic boom is so loud that is shakes the everything in your house... and if you're not aware of it it'll scare the heck out of you (it has happened to me several times before).
Some of my neighboors were out this morning waiting to hear the sonic boom as they always do... but this time it didn't happen. Minutes later it was all over the news.
It is soooooooo sad... a real tragedy.
This has upset me, I have always since a young boy enjoyed following the space program, and woke up very early whilst still very young (11) to watch the first moon landing, that was fantastic.
I can remember when Challenger blew up, I remember exactly where and what I was doing (January 1986). I will remember today as well. We all will.
What young boy never dreamt of being an Astronaut? Sadly this dreaming (we can dream) was brought to an end, when I became a JW. Any one else had dreams curtailed by the WT?
Just a thought from statistics from the BBC site In its 113 launches the space shuttle has failed only twice. In itself that is a good record but it is still high when translated into everyday terms. If the same statistics applied to everyday travel then anyone who drove their car to and from work once a day would be lucky to live to the end of the month.
Early this week I was out in the yard looking at the night sky watching a bright light moving swiftly thru the sky, thinking was this the Shuttle Columbia or just a satellite, I will never know, at least the crew lived a dream, we can only dream.
Just my sad thoughts and God bless the families of Columbia.
In the words of the prophet Isaiah, "Lift your eyes and look to the heavens. Who created all these? He who brings out the starry hosts one by one and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing."
The same creator who names the stars also knows the names of the seven souls we mourn today. The crew of the shuttle Columbia did not return safely to Earth, yet we can pray that all are safely home. May God bless the grieving families, and may God continue to bless America. Mr Bush
edited to add Mr Bush word which I find interesting
Edited by - frogit on 1 February 2003 15:27:14