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Rodina
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posted 02-01-2003 09:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rodina   Click Here to Email Rodina     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Check News, and pray.

This is not a drill.

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posted 02-01-2003 09:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for paulj   Click Here to Email paulj     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
CNN is currently showing a video of multiple trails over Texas.

very bad news.

Paul

Philip
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posted 02-01-2003 09:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Images showed a white ball breaking apart with 3 separate points behind it ... might be the 3 SSME Space Shuttle Main Engines ...
Looks like break-up occured at 63000 meter ... too high for any emergency bail-out I'm afraid !
What could cause this ?
Software fault ...
On-board explosion ?

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posted 02-01-2003 10:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lunarrv15   Click Here to Email lunarrv15     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
getting the news over hear. news report have not shown any reply of the aprrocah for landing.

Oh man this is wierd, seems like a disaster happens every 25 years

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posted 02-01-2003 10:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gordon Reade   Click Here to Email Gordon Reade     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just hope NASA can get back on it's feet soon.

This is such a tragidy. I can't write anymore about it now.

Philip
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posted 02-01-2003 10:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sounds like the piece of foam-insulation which broke off the External Tank during launch might have hit the shuttle orbiter's tile insulation ...
With the Lab onboard the shuttle cargo-bay, an EVA could not be performed to check the damage this piece might have caused ...
Almost sure a break-up due to insulation failure ...

music_space
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posted 02-01-2003 10:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for music_space   Click Here to Email music_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My prayers go to the astronaut's families... Mr. Ramon attended my show with his family a year ago almost to the day...

How lonely must the crew of ISS might feel at the moment...

"And while with silent,
lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed
sancity of space
Put out my hand
and touched
the face of God."

François Guay, Montreal

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posted 02-01-2003 11:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for OPOS   Click Here to Email OPOS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am just numb......Godspeed to all involved...

Tom Edmonds

lunarrv15
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posted 02-01-2003 11:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lunarrv15   Click Here to Email lunarrv15     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ooopsss wrong math. maybe like under twenty years.

cable new showing footage of debres breaking up over fort worth, tx shot by a local tv camera person.

a spokesperson from kennedy center mention of heat shield or tile damage on left wing. it couldn't be viewed closely to see what damage cause the robot arm was not attach for this trip.

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posted 02-01-2003 11:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for andrewcarson   Click Here to Email andrewcarson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What an awful day..........
My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the crew of Columbia.

UK television report parts of the tail falling off... causing loss of vehicle .. but who knows.

I dont belive this has happened...its a nightmare !!

Andrew

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posted 02-01-2003 11:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sapper82   Click Here to Email sapper82     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My God...

Watching this on CNN now, they have announced a news conference at 1130 EST, where we'll get the first details.

CNN has Jerry Linenger on the phone giving comment, and Hartsfield was on before that. We should have more details shortly...

A very sad day for space exploration...

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Rob Sumowski
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posted 02-01-2003 11:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Sumowski   Click Here to Email Rob Sumowski     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Godspeed the Crew of 107.

Rob Sumowski

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posted 02-01-2003 11:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman   Click Here to Email spaceman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can't believe this. What a shock. I like the rest of you have been following this mission all week downloading photos of happy smiling people involved with their work and enjoying the greatest of experiences...and now so sadly this...words cant say enough.
Nick (England).

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posted 02-01-2003 12:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for uzzi69   Click Here to Email uzzi69     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the STS-107 crew.

This is tragic on so many levels...


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posted 02-01-2003 12:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for icarkie   Click Here to Email icarkie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As in Jan 86 I'm praying for the family and crew of COLUMBIA.
At the time here in the UK I was reading a book when there was a news flash.
The book I was reading I saw a quotation by GUS GRISSOM that I was thinking about putting in the free space Forum on this site. Rob Sumowski had it also in his post. The quote is " If we die,we want people to accept it.
Were in a risky business,and we hope that if anything happens to us it will not delay the program.
The conquest of space is worth the risk of life".
Ian

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posted 02-01-2003 12:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for derek   Click Here to Email derek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Deepest sympathies to the crew's families and friends from everyone in Ireland.

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posted 02-01-2003 12:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pad leader   Click Here to Email pad leader     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ive just seen the news and am in shock.. my deepest sympathies for all the famalies and indeed everyone at NASA. cant get over it. god bless STS-107.

John K. Rochester
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posted 02-01-2003 12:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for John K. Rochester   Click Here to Email John K. Rochester     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tragic state of events today.. Of course, as others have already stated , that all of us who enter this site for news on our latest successes now enter to extend our heartfelt condolences to all involved not only with NASA, but many of you who actually know astoronauts and other personnel involved in the pursuit of mans greatest adventure.. we can only imagine the pain and devastation that some of you closely imvolved must feel. Seven more Heroes, as then President Reagan eulogized the last lost crew, who have slipped the surly bonds of earth, and touched the face of God..

tegwilym
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posted 02-01-2003 01:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've had the TV on since 8am Seattle time here. I don't know what to say....

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This is truly awful. I have only just seen it on the news.

My thoughts are with the families of the crew.

Jacqueline

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I am numb with shock at the tragic loss of Columbia today, coming almost 17 years to the week after the Challenger disaster. I was particularly upset by the STS-107 tragedy. In April 2001, I had the great privilege of speaking to Rick Husband on the telephone from his Houston office. He had just begun training for STS-107 and we spoke for half an hour about the mission on which he was about to embark. I found him courteous and eager to share with me his experiences of space travel and the wonder of it all. He and the rest of the STS-107 crew are an inspiration to us all.

Ben Evans (West Midlands, UK)

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posted 02-01-2003 06:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rodina   Click Here to Email Rodina     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Small comfort, but CNN just had footage of a hearse removing human remains from a field in Hemphill, TX --- that's fifty miles from the bulk of the debris.

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I cannot comprehend the loss of these 7 brave men and women yet. I am still shocked over this loss. I wish their families all the best in the world. My prayers are with those family members and all those who work and labor on the Space Shuttle fleet.

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posted 02-01-2003 09:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robonaut   Click Here to Email Robonaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I do not have the right words to express my sorrow.

My thoughts are with the families.

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posted 02-01-2003 09:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasamad   Click Here to Email nasamad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Been out working for past 2 days, just got in a heard the terrible news, I can't believe it.
The families are in my thoughts.

Adam

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posted 02-02-2003 12:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rodina   Click Here to Email Rodina     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Of all the things I saw today, I think this one hurt the most:

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posted 02-02-2003 02:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rodina   Click Here to Email Rodina     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

I'm doing a fair amount of blogging about all this at my blog:

patheticearthlings.blogspot.com

I'd welcome any thoughts or corrections you might have to my postings. You guys know this stuff better than me and if I can fix a technical error, I want to.

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posted 02-02-2003 02:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for utaustinguy   Click Here to Email utaustinguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
God Speed http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/shuttle/sts-109/lores/ksc-02pd-0217.jpg

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posted 02-03-2003 02:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for music_space   Click Here to Email music_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The saddest picture I've seen is one of the Astrovan returning empty from the landing facility at KSC on Saturday...

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