Saturday, February 01, 2003

As a person with interest in astronomy, comsmology and the like, I follow the events of NASA and other various space type news. I am greatly saddened by the events of today. Around 9am EST, NASA lost contact with the Shuttle Orbiter Columbia. Video shows the shuttle on it's decent and then out of no where, something went wrong and the shuttle started to break apart. It seems rather obvious from the footage that there were no survivors. And hopefully, their deaths were instantous and painless.
This is the first time NASA has had any incident in the landing of a space shuttle. Which is a rather good record.
Here are some of the first articles on the web about this:
Columbia breaks up over Texas
NASA shuttle lost on re-entry
NASA loses contact with shuttle during landing
Spaceflight now- STS-107: Mission status center
Aboard the shuttle were: Rick Husband, commander, and Willie McCool, pilot. Mission specialists Dave Brown, Laurel Clark, Kalpana Chawla, Mike Anderson (payload commander) and Israeli payload specialist Ilan Ramon. Great people who were realizing their dreams and persuing knowledge and information to better the lives of all of us on this blue ball in space. I have the utmost respect for them. My thoughts go out to their familys and friends.

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