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Shuttle Contact LOST-No Tracking Data During RE-Entry!
Nasa TV | 02/01/03 | GRRRR

Posted on 02/01/2003 6:16:05 AM PST by GRRRRR

Shuttle has NOT been heard from or seen on tracking radar since 0800Hrs CDT. No contact at Merrit Island tracking station, no voice comm...DEVELOPING.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Florida; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: astronauts; columbia; columbiatragedy; disaster; du; feb12003; ilanramon; india; israel; nasa; ramon; revoltingevilduers; shuttle; space; spaceshuttle; sts107; unitedstates
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To: linear
Also news helicopters, etc. headed south shortly thereafter.
51 posted on 02/01/2003 6:25:11 AM PST by linear
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To: Merovingian
BAD NEWS...SOMETHING IS VERY BAD

CNN has video of a contrail over Dallas with multiple trails... BAD NEWS
52 posted on 02/01/2003 6:25:13 AM PST by bonesmccoy (Defeat the terrorists... Vaccinate!)
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To: linear
sirens where?
53 posted on 02/01/2003 6:25:16 AM PST by glock rocks
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I've been watching this since they started their de-orbit burn. They were doing 80 degree banks over the western US to kill off speed. That's the last time they had commo. I wonder?
54 posted on 02/01/2003 6:25:21 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: GRRRRR
Ronald Reagan

Speech on the Challenger Disaster, January 28, 1986

Nineteen years ago, almost to the day, we lost three astronauts in a terrible accident on the ground. But, we've never lost an astronaut in flight; we've never had a tragedy like this. And perhaps we've forgotten the courage it took for the crew of the shuttle; but they, the Challenger Seven, were aware of the dangers, but overcame them and did their jobs brilliantly. We mourn seven heroes: Michael Smith, Dick Scobee, Judith Resnik, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Gregory Jarvis, and Christa McAuliffe. We mourn their loss as a nation together.

For the families of the seven, we cannot bear, as you do, the full impact of this tragedy. But we feel the loss, and we're thinking about you so very much. Your loved ones were daring and brave, and they had that special grace, that special spirit that says, 'Give me a challenge and I'll meet it with joy.' They had a hunger to explore the universe and discover its truths. They wished to serve, and they did. They served all of us.

We've grown used to wonders in this century. It's hard to dazzle us. But for twenty-five years the United States space program has been doing just that. We've grown used to the idea of space, and perhaps we forget that we've only just begun. We're still pioneers. They, the members of the Challenger crew, were pioneers.

And I want to say something to the schoolchildren of America who were watching the live coverage of the shuttle's takeoff. I know it is hard to understand, but sometimes painful things like this happen. It's all part of the process of exploration and discovery. It's all part of taking a chance and expanding man's horizons. The future doesn't belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we'll continue to follow them...

There's a coincidence today. On this day 390 years ago, the great explorer Sir Francis Drake died aboard ship off the coast of Panama. In his lifetime the great frontiers were the oceans, and a historian later said, 'He lived by the sea, died on it, and was buried in it.' Well, today we can say of the Challenger crew: Their dedication was, like Drake's, complete.

The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honoured us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for the journey and waved goodbye and 'slipped the surly bonds of earth' to 'touch the face of God.'
55 posted on 02/01/2003 6:25:25 AM PST by Starrgaizr
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To: Indiana Jones
Oh, no.
56 posted on 02/01/2003 6:25:35 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: GRRRRR
On TV they are showing debri coming off during reentry, perhaps a breakup.
57 posted on 02/01/2003 6:25:48 AM PST by DainBramage
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To: linear
Right at the time it disappeared, we heard a large boom.

Dear God, please, no!

59 posted on 02/01/2003 6:25:55 AM PST by mombonn
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To: Lazamataz
Weren't they already through re-entry?
60 posted on 02/01/2003 6:25:59 AM PST by July 4th
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To: The South Park Republican
A fellow on CBS said that during launch, a piece of insullation came off of the external tank and hit the leading edge of the shuttle's wing....
61 posted on 02/01/2003 6:26:00 AM PST by Possenti
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To: mewzilla
I never heard of reentry accidents before. I know statisticaly take off accidents are inevitable, but reentry?
62 posted on 02/01/2003 6:26:05 AM PST by lavaroise
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To: GRRRRR
Just said they lost it over Texas...Looks like some of the Freeper reports from Texas are connected.
63 posted on 02/01/2003 6:26:11 AM PST by The South Park Republican
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To: glock rocks
Sirens in Dallas.
64 posted on 02/01/2003 6:26:13 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: GRRRRR
AArrrggghhh!

They are goners. The shuttle glides in like a rock with wings.

65 posted on 02/01/2003 6:26:17 AM PST by Movemout (I'm not from Mississippi although I grew up along the river.)
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To: Lazamataz
NO... something occurred at 200,000 feet.

They need to see if they can locate the astronauts... I don't know if there's a chance of them surviving... they're going so fast that even if they can get out... they're still going 12,000 miles per hour.
66 posted on 02/01/2003 6:26:18 AM PST by bonesmccoy (Defeat the terrorists... Vaccinate!)
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To: GRRRRR
Prayers heavenward.
67 posted on 02/01/2003 6:26:19 AM PST by ewing
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To: linear
Not good.

Normally we hear the booms here as it passes over. I didn't hear it this time but all my birds flipped out at the same time and started flying around the house- even the one with clipped wings. Not sure if they heard something.

68 posted on 02/01/2003 6:26:23 AM PST by piasa (Those who sit on fences soon cut off circulation to their family jewels.)
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To: xrp
That's not funny A$$HOLE!

C-band radar contact lost at 207,000 ft.

They're all dead, IMO.

69 posted on 02/01/2003 6:26:27 AM PST by snopercod
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To: GRRRRR
THEY JUST SAID THEY BELIEVE THE SHUTTLE HAS BEEN LOST!!
70 posted on 02/01/2003 6:26:29 AM PST by The South Park Republican
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To: GRRRRR
Other threads pulled..checking in here.

So far no reports of impact or debries across the glide path.

It may have broken up on re-entry OR bounced back up OR stayed high and overshot into the ocean. Reaching for hope here.

PRAYERS!

prisoner6

71 posted on 02/01/2003 6:26:31 AM PST by prisoner6 ( I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered! I am a FREE MAN!)
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To: xrp
You inhuman moron. Nothing to joke about here.
72 posted on 02/01/2003 6:26:41 AM PST by Freeper Lady
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To: Petronski
I too remember the Challenger incident. One of the worst days in American history.

God help the brave astronauts.

73 posted on 02/01/2003 6:26:43 AM PST by undergroundwarrior
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To: GRRRRR
Flight Control Room...Totally silent, under control, being professional...

Prayers for all...

74 posted on 02/01/2003 6:26:43 AM PST by GRRRRR
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To: Movemout
HORRIBLE!
75 posted on 02/01/2003 6:26:43 AM PST by bonesmccoy (Defeat the terrorists... Vaccinate!)
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To: glock rocks
We live to the north of Dallas, they were headed south, perhaps southeast.
77 posted on 02/01/2003 6:26:47 AM PST by linear
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To: linear
CNN reporting visual sighting Multiple trails (not good) as the Shuttle streaked over Dallas...
78 posted on 02/01/2003 6:26:49 AM PST by OReilly
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To: Catspaw
Is that report in Dallas from debris?
79 posted on 02/01/2003 6:27:18 AM PST by ewing
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To: Possenti
Debris cloud was reported by observers who were watching the normal plasma trail.

http://www.spaceflightnow.com/shuttle/sts107/status.html

80 posted on 02/01/2003 6:27:20 AM PST by Moonman62
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To: Lazamataz
they are saying it was at 2000 feet over centeral Texas, so it already went thru the earths atmosphere. But, I guess it could have had problems, during re-entry.
81 posted on 02/01/2003 6:27:20 AM PST by Clovis_Skeptic
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To: bonesmccoy
CNN has video of a contrail over Dallas with multiple trails... BAD NEWS

God, I guess the best we can hope for is that they died quickly.

83 posted on 02/01/2003 6:27:27 AM PST by mikegi
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To: lavaroise
Yes. The Israeli astronaut. I am sick over this. I hope all are OK.
84 posted on 02/01/2003 6:27:36 AM PST by Freeper Lady
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To: linear; NautiNurse
I live in Tampa-- I have heard nothing. Anything in Manatee, NN?
85 posted on 02/01/2003 6:27:39 AM PST by ovrtaxt
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To: linear
Yours is the first report. SO far nothing on wires.

Keep us posted.

prisoner6

86 posted on 02/01/2003 6:27:42 AM PST by prisoner6 ( I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered! I am a FREE MAN!)
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To: linear
More details! Post every detail you can remember. You obviously witnessed something.
87 posted on 02/01/2003 6:27:44 AM PST by Petronski (I'm not always cranky.)
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To: anymouse; RightWhale
flag
88 posted on 02/01/2003 6:27:59 AM PST by snopercod
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To: GRRRRR
10 minutes late....contact lost at around 200,000 feet? My sad thoughts are in the direction of some sort of burnup...this is not good.
89 posted on 02/01/2003 6:28:05 AM PST by ErnBatavia ((Bumperootus!))
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To: OReilly
Our thoughts and prayers for the members of the shuttle and their families. We need a miracle now.
90 posted on 02/01/2003 6:28:05 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: OReilly
CNN running video with orbiter in pieces (contrails are multiple)

THIS IS A VERY BAD DAY.

91 posted on 02/01/2003 6:28:16 AM PST by bonesmccoy (Defeat the terrorists... Vaccinate!)
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To: RadioAstronomer
Bad news Michael. Wake up.
92 posted on 02/01/2003 6:28:24 AM PST by SpookBrat
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To: OReilly
The TV is being very brief but lets all say a prayer. It does not look good.

Dont forget it is a glider .....and glides in.... I am sitting here simply stunned : (

93 posted on 02/01/2003 6:28:26 AM PST by alisasny
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To: GRRRRR
NASA HAS FOUND MULTIPLE TARGETS!
94 posted on 02/01/2003 6:28:36 AM PST by The South Park Republican
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To: OReilly
definitely not good.
96 posted on 02/01/2003 6:28:54 AM PST by piasa (Those who sit on fences soon cut off circulation to their family jewels.)
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To: ErnBatavia
My sad thoughts are in the direction of some sort of burnup...

That's what I'm afraid happened...

97 posted on 02/01/2003 6:28:58 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: ewing
CNN just showed the video from WFAA. If it's the shuttle, it's gone. They're gone.
98 posted on 02/01/2003 6:29:11 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: Indiana Jones
We heard the same thing here in the Dallas area.
99 posted on 02/01/2003 6:29:13 AM PST by ClancyJ
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To: All
Does anyone know if they give the astronauts parachutes?
100 posted on 02/01/2003 6:29:16 AM PST by Maedhros (mpaa sux0r)
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