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Posted on 02/02/2003 7:34:59 AM PST by Mark FeltonEdited on 02/02/2003 12:51:23 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
[Your attention please. This thread has generated a ton of abuse reports. Some have been from long established freepers. Others have been from relative newbies. Some have been complaining about the thread. Others have been complaining about the complainers.
Throw on top of it the fact that some of the newbies who showed up on this thread happen to be returning bannees, who before being banned were friendly with some of the very people they are bickering with here, and something is striking us as just not right.
If you are interested in the debris photos, this is the thread for it. If not, don't join in this thread. It is not disrespectful to those who died to post pictures of the debris in our opinion. What they show and where they landed may help piece together what killed these brave people.
If you feel that is the wrong decision, we apologize and mean no harm. But please, no more arguing about it on the thread, and no more abuse reports on the matter.
|Sun Feb 2, 1:14 AM ET|
Fires, believed started by debris from the downed space shuttle Columbia, burn in an area near Dallas, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003. Seven astronauts perished when the shuttle broke to pieces as it re-entered the atmosphere at the end of a 16-day mission. (AP Photo/Joe Cavaretta)
|Sat Feb 1, 9:31 PM ET|
A video image of a helmet that dropped into a yard in Norwood Community, Texas from the space shuttle Columbia is seen Feb. 1, 2002. Many parts of the shuttle, along with human remains, were found in the area. NASA (news - web sites) officials later removed the helmet. (Rick Wilking/Reuters)
|Sat Feb 1,10:35 PM ET|
A small brush fire started by a falling piece of debris from the space shuttle Columbia outside Athens, Texas after the shuttle broke apart during re-entry over Texas on its way to a scheduled landing in Fla., Feb. 1, 2003. Authorities have not speculated on the cause of the crash. (Jeff Mitchell/Reuters)
|Sat Feb 1, 9:31 PM ET|
A piece of debris believed to be from the space shuttle Columbia is photographed near Lufkin, Texas, Feb. 1, 2003. NASA (news - web sites) lost contact with the shuttle at around 9 a.m., about 16 minutes before its scheduled landing at Kennedy Space Center (news - web sites). (Reuters)
|Sat Feb 1, 9:15 PM ET|
Goldie Hamilton looks at a piece of debris that dropped into her yard in Alto, Texas from the space shuttle Columbia February 1, 2003. Many parts of the shuttle along with human remains were found in the area. Hamilton lives in the house in the background. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
|Sat Feb 1, 9:18 PM ET|
A piece of debris from the space shuttle Columbia dropped into this yard in Alto, Texas, February 1, 2003. Debris from space shuttle Columbia rained down onto fields, highways and a cemetery in Texas on Saturday, sending dozens of residents to hospitals after they handled the smoldering metal wreckage. All seven astronauts on board were killed in the break-up, which scattered potentially toxic debris across a 120-mile (190-km-long) swath of eastern Texas. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
|Sat Feb 1, 7:43 PM ET|
Stan Melasky, left, and his brother Steve Melasky look over a piece of debris, believed to be from the space shuttle Columbia, that fell on their farm near Douglass, Texas, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003. (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam)
|Sat Feb 1, 8:52 PM ET|
An Anderson County sheriff's deputy walks past a piece of debris from the space shuttle Columbia outside Palestine, Texas after the shuttle broke apart during reentry over East Texas on its way to a scheduled landing in Florida, February 1, 2003. Shaken NASA (news - web sites) officials vowed to find out what caused the space shuttle Columbia to break up, saying they would look closely at the impact of a piece of foam insulation that struck the orbiter's left wing at takeoff. REUTERS/Jeff Mitchell
|Sat Feb 1, 7:25 PM ET|
A piece of space shuttle debris sits on the ground outside Bronson, Texas, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003. Space shuttle Columbia broke apart in flames 200,000 feet over Texas on Saturday, killing all seven astronauts just minutes before they were to glide to a landing in Florida. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
|Sat Feb 1, 7:29 PM ET|
Searchers mark a small piece of debris while looking for remnants of the space shuttle outside Bronson, Texas, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003. Space shuttle Columbia broke apart in flames 200,000 feet over Texas on Saturday, killing all seven astronauts just minutes before they were to glide to a landing in Florida. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
|Sun Feb 2,10:11 AM ET|
Resident Bugs Arriola looks at a piece of debris from the space shuttle Columbia, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003 in Nacogdoches, Texas. People have been told not to touch any of the debris as there could be toxic chemicals on the material. (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam)
|Sat Feb 1, 7:41 PM ET|
Vollunteer firefigher John Berry looks out at small piece of debris believed to be from the space shuttle Columbia in a rural area north of Palestine, Texas, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003. The shuttle broke apart in flames over Texas on Saturday, killing all seven astronauts just minutes before they were to glide to a landing in Florida. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
|Sat Feb 1, 9:23 PM ET|
A couple looks at a piece of debris from the space shuttle Columbia that dropped onto the highway in Alto, Texas February 1, 2003. Debris fromColumbia rained down onto fields, highways and a cemetery in Texas on Saturday, sending dozens of residents to hospitals after they handled the smoldering metal wreckage. All seven astronauts on board were killed in the break-up, which scattered potentially toxic debris across a 120-mile (190-km-long) swath of eastern Texas. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
The "waffle pattern" stuff in #2 looks like the inconel thermal insulation on the main engines.
Or perhaps to write a column? :-)
Overview of Shuttle Wreckage Found in Texas, Louisiana Reported by News DepartmentFebruary 2, 2003 - 10:44AM
-- Nacogdoches (nahk-uh-DOH'-chiz) County Sheriff Thomas Kerss says the area "cannot muster enough manpower" to guard the hundreds of wreckage sites reported so far. He says it could take "some time" to find all the debris in remote areas.
-- Another East Texas sheriff says federal officials have assured him the area's water supply is safe from contamination by shuttle debris. Sheriff Tommy Maddox of Sabine (suh-BEEN') County says people had been worried about the water coming from a lake in the area.
-- Some shuttle parts are being held in an airport hangar in Nacogdoches, Texas. The airport's manager says the debris in the hangar includes some type of big container tank that came to rest on a runway.
-- Remains that a hospital employee identified as charred torso, thigh bone and skull were found on a rural road near other unspecified debris in Hemphill, east of Nacogdoches.
-- Remains identified as a charred human leg were found on a farm in Sabine County, about 50 miles east of Nacogdoches.
-- An intact, charred helmet and astronaut's patch were found in San Augustine County.
-- A rounded piece of what appeared to be metal, about 4 by 5 feet in size, was found on a rural highway in Neches.
-- A foot-long metal bracket smashed through roof of a dentist's office in Nacogdoches.
-- A half-moon-shaped metal piece, about 5 feet long, was found in the front yard in Nacogdoches, described as jagged with severe burn marks.
-- V-shaped chunk of metal in the median of U.S. 79 just northeast of Palestine, in Anderson County. More unspecified debris found at nearby Pert.
-- 2-foot square pieces of metal, small pieces of tile in Cherokee County, just west of Nacogdoches, and in Rusk County, just to the north.
-- Unspecified debris falling near Jacksonville, Palestine, Rusk and Athens.
-- A brick-size piece of debris in the back yard of a home off FM 23 near Rusk. Other pieces in a nearby hay field.
-- 5- by 5-inch item that appeared to be a charred piece of tile in front of Rice High School in Rice, in Navarro County.
-- Unspecified debris several inches in diameter in Henderson County, including footlong piece on land being developed by family of former Texas Gov. Bill Clements.
-- Tank, about 3 feet in diameter, on a runway at the A.L. Mangham Jr. Regional Airport in Nacogdoches.
-- Steel rod with silver bolts in a Nacogdoches yard.
-- 3- by 3-foot piece of metal in a bank parking lot in Nacogdoches.
-- 1-foot diameter piece of gray metal in front of the courthouse in Nacogdoches.
-- 9- by 2-inch piece of metal in a yard, ash on a car in Nacogdoches.
-- Chunk of unspecified debris with stenciled letters and numbers on it in Kerens near Highway 309 in Navarro County.
-- Curved piece of metal, about 5 feet in diameter, in the median of state Highway 55 in Anderson County, west of Nacogdoches.
-- Small piece of unspecified debris in a grassy area along State Road 155 near Palestine in Anderson County.
-- Five pieces that look like tile in the Neches First Baptist Church parking lot. Another piece that appears to be insulation on the roof.
-- 7- to 8-foot door-like fragment and a piece of debris resembling part of a windshield found in Cherokee County.
-- Small piece of black tile, about 6 inches by 6 inches, on a roof in Waxahachie, south of Dallas.
-- A metal object resembling an exercise ball in the front yard of a home in Bronson, southeast of Nacogdoches near the Louisiana line. The object is dented and has bolts and nodules coming out of it.
-- 3-foot-by-3-foot cylindrical object at National Guard Armory No. 2 in Nacogdoches.
-- Smoldering bundle of wires in a front yard in Shreveport.
-- Compact-car sized piece reported splashing into Toledo Bend Reservoir on Texas-Louisiana state line.
-- Debris in Ouachita Parish thought by authorities "to be possibly a parachute."
-- Four unspecified pieces of wreckage fell west of Leesville in Vernon Parish.
(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
"DesideriusErasmus" is not "Erasmus."
I think you're exactly right. I saw a televison program about the shuttle one time, and it showed the process of applying the tiles. The orbiter was laid out with this sort of gridwork to mark where the tiles go.
I have no idea. Seems they only cost $5. If they were made of something special, you'd think they'd cost more than that.
When I think about how fortunate our little group was to be able to see the Shuttle so close...and now, I am seeing pictures of its parts...well, it really brings more tears to my eyes.
Isn't it amazing how American, no matter what the circumstances, just jump right in.
He was all about getting this done in HIS country!
Texas should be proud today.
I posted to a thread where everybody was mad at the French President and angry about his statemnets of condolences to America on the loss of Columbia. The shuttle had Michelins tires by the way...made in the USA though.
Here is what I posted:
The program director of the shuttle project took the 12 of us on a guided tour of the NASA facilities.
We were taken into the building where the Columbia was being worked on and I actually was allowed to touch a sample of a heat sheild "tile".
All of us were so close to Columbia. I mean, we were right next to it!! It was a magnificent looking machine....but was smaller than I had imagined it.
Anyway, the French people were very happy about being able to see the shuttle and were VERY IMPRESSED with it. And, they were very,very polite and very grateful for the opportunity to see NASA "up close and personal".
They said it was the HIGHLIGHT of their whole trip to America. They bought so many souvenirs that I couldn't believe it!! Bags and bags of stuff...all about the shuttle and NASA!!
So, all that being said...I am sure that in that town in Southern France....there are some French people who are personally touched and saddened by these events....as we all, here on FR, are.
Please understand...MANY French people DO like Americans...and I have been priviledged to stay in French homes, dine with them and receive gifts from them...just because they were pleased to have an American visitor.
Yes, I know....many French don't like us....but, I know personally a whole lot of them who do.
Exactly. Just as there are many, many Muslims who don't want to kill us all. And ALL government isn't bad!
It's fascinating that you got to see America through the eyes of foreigners. Maybe more people should do that.
I will see if I can find the URL for the article, at least.
PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES. HONOR THE PEOPLE NOT THE DEBRIS. Get your jollies elswhere on debris fascination. You truly are a disgusting individual.
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