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[AP SCOOP] Space Shuttle Columbia Will Be Visible In San Francisco Area (6AM Pacific)
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Posted on 02/01/2003 5:38:08 AM PST by leadpenny

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To: leadpenny
Leadpenny, I have been harping the virtues of FR to a friend of mine (he usually groans and mentions that this stuff is boring). I used your thread as an example of how fast FR is at getting the news and how people (Texas in this case) report so you get a first hand look at the news as it happens without the liberal spin. There is no better proof of FR's greatness that you thread. It was just perchance that you hit a news story on the head, but you did.

FR rocks because people like you share your news. There is no better source of news IMHO.
141 posted on 02/01/2003 12:57:33 PM PST by LowOiL (Every post is a bookmark...)
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To: leadpenny
I try to write to my elderly mother on a frequent basis. In each letter I close with a prayer. I wanted to share today's with you now.

Our Beloved Heavenly Father, Our Lord Christ Jesus,

We come before you now and beseech you to please care for the souls of these precious ones in our space program who gave their lives in the quest for greater knowledge of the Cosmos which you created. Take these precious souls in your arms and place them gently into the highest places in your Mansion that you possibly can. Heal their souls of any wounds which the trauma may have caused them. Comfort their souls as they leave behind their friends and families.

Hold their friends and families close to your heart and give them legions of comfort angels. Help them to find strength in you during this period of intense raw pain. Help their families gracefully adjust to the changes in dynamics which occur when we lose dear ones. Protect these ones who are very much in the public eye. Let them know that we CARE about them. Guide the media personnel in their efforts to gain stories for those of us who do care. Let them be sensitive to the pain of these precious souls who have lost so much while those stories are gathered.

Father, we pray for the people in the space program who were involved in this mission. We ask that you will guide them in finding out the root cause/s so that any future reoccurence may never happen again. We further ask that you will enlighten people who find debris as to the importance of it being turned in to authorities. One just never knows which little bit might spell the key for us to understand the disaster. Please Lord, if there is such a piece or pieces, please let them be found and turned in by unselfish citizens.

Father, we ask for your mercy and care not only for the souls involved in this national tragedy, but for any and all who have given their lives wearing our military uniforms. We have had recent helicopter crashes and other incidents where we have lost soldiers. Father, we include them and their families in our prayers. We continue to pray for all of our military who are actively serving in any capacity, and their families.

Father, guide all of our leaders in their decisions which are needing to be made. Especially give our President grace and wisdom in his decisions to deploy our forces. We pray and trust that whenever he bows his head in prayer, which he has indicated he does do, that he will have an extraordinary ablility to hear Your words and guidance. We support him and lift him up in our prayers and are grateful that you have allowed us to have in office one who does sincerely believe and depend upon the arm of the Lord. We would ask that each and every person in office or who is in a leadership and decision-making capacity also have an extraordinary ability to hear heavenly guidance when they bow their heads in prayer. We are in a very crucial time in many levels and many fronts, Lord, and we have never needed your intercession more. Grant us that intercession, our Father! Grant us the vision as a united people that we need in order to allow your own divine plan for our nation and civilization to be made manifest.

Father, we place all of this upon the altar and we give gratitude and praise to you that you do indeed hear and answer our prayers. We ask that all of our prayers will be adjusted according to thy will, for we do not wish to pray amiss in any way whatsoever. In the name of the Everlasing Word,

Amen

~written by TEXOKIE Feb 1, 2003~


142 posted on 02/01/2003 1:03:03 PM PST by TEXOKIE
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To: McGruff
... That is amazing, thanks for sharing it. God Bless the brave crew and their families.
143 posted on 02/01/2003 1:03:56 PM PST by Winston_Wolf
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To: leadpenny
According to the NASA press conference you are right.
The times they are giving fit right in.
144 posted on 02/01/2003 1:05:30 PM PST by winodog
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To: leadpenny
Well, last night I went to http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/groundtracs to make sure I had the correct time for it passing over my area. I live high up in the Sierra Nevada mountains in Central California. The kids and I go out there this morning and the big beautiful fireball trailing a plume of smoke goes by amazingly fast right on schedule at around 5:55. I tell the kids in just 20 minutes it'll be on the ground in Florida. Think about going inside and turning on the tv to watch it land, but go back to bed instead. Wake up and turn on the news later - what a horrible sick feeling! God Bless those 7 precious souls...
145 posted on 02/01/2003 2:09:09 PM PST by Chesterbelloc
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To: leadpenny
Now people are trying to sell pieces on Ebay.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3205211710&category=413

146 posted on 02/01/2003 2:12:50 PM PST by LowOiL ("And will you profane Me among My people…keeping people alive who should not live"EZEK13:19)
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To: Chesterbelloc
BTW, if you visit the spaceflight site to see it's Deorbit flight path - it was orbit 255 (the top one) that it took.
147 posted on 02/01/2003 2:24:26 PM PST by Chesterbelloc
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To: LowOiL
I heard that right after the news conference. The Feds will track those E-Bay sellers down I would imagine.
148 posted on 02/01/2003 2:34:24 PM PST by leadpenny
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To: Chesterbelloc
I'm sure if you would have seen anything coming off the shuttle you would have said so but did anything look out of the ordinary?
149 posted on 02/01/2003 2:35:52 PM PST by leadpenny
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To: winodog; Chesterbelloc
How far apart are you two?
150 posted on 02/01/2003 2:37:16 PM PST by leadpenny
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To: TEXOKIE
That is very nice. I have a couple of cousins who will like receiving that in an E-Mail.
151 posted on 02/01/2003 2:38:55 PM PST by leadpenny
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To: leadpenny
The first sign of trouble here at Free republic

To: leadpenny

It wasnt a glow that spread back like a comet but it must have been "on fire" because it was bright and big.


18 posted on 02/01/2003 9:03 AM EST by winodog

152 posted on 02/01/2003 2:40:56 PM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angles trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: LowOiL
. . . I have been harping the virtues of FR to a friend of mine . . . .

I do the same thing. Most of the time, about a week later, I get, "What did you say that site was?"

Their loss.

153 posted on 02/01/2003 2:41:40 PM PST by leadpenny
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To: TLBSHOW
The more I read the more it hits home that the bright red light in the center was something burning up.
Of course it could have just been the shuttle itself and it is normal for it to be red hot.
154 posted on 02/01/2003 2:45:59 PM PST by winodog
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To: leadpenny
this thread connects to that post 18

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/834060/posts?page=16
155 posted on 02/01/2003 2:46:15 PM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angles trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: winodog
You were there and you annouced this tragedy that was to be.
156 posted on 02/01/2003 2:47:14 PM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angles trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: TLBSHOW; winodog
Yes, I think winodog was probably seeing some trouble at the time but that comment was in response to me asking if the Columbia was glowing. I had just figured the heat shield was getting warm on re-entry. As we went back and looked at it later we both think something was happening over Nevada and maybe even California. The latest news conference kinda confirms this, I think.
157 posted on 02/01/2003 2:48:07 PM PST by leadpenny
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To: leadpenny
God Almighty, this thread is fascinating. I heard of the tragedy on FR - while local/national news agencies here didn´t react. Five minutes after hearing on FR that something was wrong, I could read it in the news here.

158 posted on 02/01/2003 2:50:55 PM PST by Michael81Dus (Proud to be German, but not to be represented by Gerhard Schröder)
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To: leadpenny
I didn't see anything that I didn't expect to see - it was a fireball with a plume trailing behind it. No sudden changes in brightness - nothing separating off from it. I was going to video tape it, but didn't. It passed slightly north of me - I'm at Shaver Lake, California.
159 posted on 02/01/2003 2:53:54 PM PST by Chesterbelloc
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To: leadpenny
He didn't know it at the time that he saw trouble. As seen from his next post but he saw it and add in the report from Cal and the shuttle looks to me to of been on fire as it came in and by the time it had reached Texas it exploded.
160 posted on 02/01/2003 2:55:46 PM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angles trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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