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Old 02-01-2003, 08:42 AM   #1
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Space Shuttle Missing over Texas

My dad called me about 20 minutes ago to wake me up and tell me the news. This doesn't look good as I sit here watching the video of multiple contrails splitting off. I have seen the shuttle fly over Texas once in the past.

I didn't even know it was landing this morning and that it would be visible over Dallas. This is one time I'm glad I didn't make an effort to get up early to see the landing

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Old 02-01-2003, 09:03 AM   #2
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Just heard this over the radio - hope everything will be alright.

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Old 02-01-2003, 09:13 AM   #3
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omg this is too sad.
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Old 02-01-2003, 09:22 AM   #4
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I also just heard about the situation. God bless those 7 people in there. It's a sad day as NASA loses another space shuttle (after the Challenger in 1986).

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This is sad, almost exactly 17 years after Challenger. And wasn't there a teacher on this flight coming home today too?

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Old 02-01-2003, 10:09 AM   #6
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Originally posted by Popmartijn
God bless those 7 people in there.

I was just looking back at my pictures that I took of the shuttle when I saw it fly over Texas back in 1999...I had forgotten which shuttle it was, but after I looked it up, ironically it was indeed the Columbia (different crew) that I took pictures of back then.

NASA is going to have a press conference in about 25 minutes (scheduled at 10:30 central time...11:30 eastern)
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OMFG NO NO NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JESUS GOD.

*runs off to watch the news*
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Wow - so sad......I don't usually pay a whole lot of attention to the space stuff anymore, but I had actually heard about this flight because it took up the first Jewish astronaut, one from Israel.
Maybe it's time to retire the Columbia name
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sad news
I remember the first ever space shuttle flew west to east right across our evening sky. I drove down to clear land to get a good view and was very excited about the whole thing. There was no mistaking what it was...I gave the astronauts a wave, even though I knew they were sleeping, and wished them a safe journey.
I remember being in primary school and watching Neil Armstrong's one small step...
Some Australian school kids finally got one of their experiments successfully launched on this last shuttle mission. They , along with a lot of other people, would have been waiting for the astronauts safe return.
Condolences to their family.
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And I know it aches
How your heart it breaks......

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Very sad news.
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Old 02-01-2003, 11:27 AM   #13
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I just heard a report on the local news station on tv that it is believed that a house in Plano, a suburb just about 15-20 minutes north of here, was hit by a piece of debris and a fire started. Also a small heat tile was found at Rice High School, in Rice Texas in Navarro county, south of Dallas.

I don't believe that we should cancel the shuttle mission because of this event...I hope this doesn't slow down the program...each shuttle is designed for over 100 missions, so it wasn't a matter of this shuttle being too old. Space is our final frontier, sadly there will be accidents and tragedies, but we can't let it slow down or cancel it all together.

I am a member of the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas so I'm sure I will be hearing many reports about this very sad, tragic event.
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I remember sitting in a journalism class a few years ago talking about stories that each generation remembers as their first important news story. For our parents, it was Kennedy's assassination. For our generation, it was the Challenger explosion. Can't believe that was 17 years ago.

It is a sad day for us again.

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