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Sad day in Space Shuttle History -Columbia Tragedy

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Sad day in Space Shuttle History -Columbia Tragedy
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, February 1, 2003 1:32 PM
I'm sure many of you have heard the news by now. How sad this is. Seeing the news brought back memories of the Challenger.

My thoughts and prayers are for the families of the astronauts.
Such a tragic event. Sad [:(]

Background Information on the COLUMBIA Space Shuttle Mission STS-107 (NASA)

Crew Biographies (NASA)

STS-107 Videos: Watch mission video animations (NASA)

Space Shuttle News (NASA)

CNN Space & Science (lots of coverage)

Columbia is the oldest of NASA's shuttle fleet, first launched in 1981. It was on its 28th mission. The shuttle underwent an extensive, 17-month overhaul that began in September, 1999.

It rejoined the shuttle fleet in February, 2001 and flew its first mission after the upgrades in March, 2002.

If you live in the areas where the debris has been reported - I'm sure you've heard this many times already...

NOTE TO PERSONS IN THE AREA: All debris is United States Government property and is critical to the investigation of the shuttle accident. Any and all debris from the accident is to be left alone and reported to Government authorities. Unauthorized persons found in possession of accident debris will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, February 1, 2003 1:40 PM
My sincere condolences to all affected by this tragedy.

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Posted by djmodels1999 on Saturday, February 1, 2003 3:17 PM
Sad day indeed. But we need to move on.
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Posted by TANGO 1 on Saturday, February 1, 2003 4:44 PM
Our thoughts are with all those who have been affected by this tragedy.

Regards, Darren. C.A.G. FAA/USNFAW GB
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Posted by JChurch on Saturday, February 1, 2003 9:43 PM
A most trajic day indeed, but the program must continue or their deaths become pointless
on behalf of Canadians every where, our hearts go out to all the families and friends involved.

They died with Honour

Madd Dawg

Your not going to leave it like that are you?

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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, February 2, 2003 1:48 PM
Looks like they're focusing on the piece of insulation that came off during the launch. They suspect that it may have caused damage to shuttle when it came off.

It's really sad when you think about the children of the astronauts. Yes, people will tell them, "Your father/mother was a hero" - which is true. However, that still doesn't make it any easier for them.

On another note, I was wondering how long it would take before stuff started to appear on eBay. I can't say that I'm not surprised, but c'mon, how can people post that sort of stuff? It's sad to see that people try to make a buck on the tragedy of others. It's good to see that eBay is staying on top of it though. has an article on this - EBay Deletes 'Shuttle Debris' Offerings
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, February 3, 2003 4:27 AM
I too wondered how long it would take to see listings for Columbia debris to appear on e-Bay. Human (?) greed being what it is it certainly didn't take long. I would think a lot more of e-Bay had they said they would definitely be turning over the names of the individuals who made the offerings to the Federal Gov't for prosecution. Knowing the Federal Gov't as I do, 30 years with the U.S. State Dept., I have a sneaking suspicion that when all is said and done, that the budget cutbacks will have been a contributing factor. You get what you pay for. NASA definitely can't cut too many corners when it comes to getting personnel to/from space and still maintain a safety margin.
Dick McC
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, February 4, 2003 5:48 PM
Yes, indeed it is. And being a structural engineer, I can say that the finger pointing will never end. Especially for the management and engineers. We always catch the brunt of a failure.

But, in reality, the shuttle has an extremely excellent service record given the absolute extreme environments it must work in and still provide for the safety of the crew and those around her. I would fly on the next shuttle if it left today!
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Posted by JChurch on Wednesday, February 5, 2003 12:19 PM
I agree Marine1, I am a Millwright by trade and we also always seem to take alot of the brunt
for failures. The shuttle does have an excellant record. When you consider age, cut-backs, the wear and tear on parts
due to each shuttle being litteraly taken apart down to the last nut after every launch and inspected as well as the environment it
is expected to work, in you can't help but be amazed. You have to admire the tenacity of the people to pull this
off time and time again. And if you want to get right down to it,(and this is just my opinion of course) The Challenger was in no way a failure of the craft itself, the root cause can be put down to complacency and misjudgment. I don't really think
thats the case here, considering how Nasa has learned and changed this should put down as a most unfortunate case of happenstance. She was a doomed mission from the start, maybe the way destiny intended.

And as morbid as this may sound, (my apologies to any one who may take this the wrong way). I can think of
much worse ways to die, than to literaly go out in a blaze of glory doing what you passionatly want to do: center stage
for all the world to see!

Madd Dawg

Your not going to leave it like that are you?

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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, February 5, 2003 12:32 PM
That is true! I would rather die fighting for my country than in a car wreck or on life support.
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Posted by FreedomEagle1953 on Thursday, February 6, 2003 11:27 PM
America ... the world ... will never forget those brave men and women of the Columbia and Challenger missions.

... with eagles they fly ...


Chicago, IL area

"keep on building 'em ... but don't glue your fingers together"

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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, February 8, 2003 6:26 AM
my heartfelt condolences to the families of those brave souls who faced the ultimate bounderies of mans endeviors.

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