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  • US shuttle debris surfaces amid Texas drought

    08/02/2011 4:05:30 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    France 24 ^ | 8/2/2011
    A piece of the ill-fated space shuttle Columbia has surfaced in eastern Texas, where a severe drought has dried up a lake and exposed debris from the 2003 accident, NASA said Tuesday. The globe-shaped object that turned up in Lake Nacogdoches, north of Houston, was one of 18 tanks on Columbia that helped power the shuttle, said NASA spokeswoman Lisa Malone. Member of NASA's Columbia Reconstruction Team is pictured at the Kennedy Space Center in 2003 "Late last week, we were contacted by the Nacogdoches sheriff's office letting us know that they had found an item of what they thought...
  • Should NASA put shuttle debris on public display?

    07/20/2003 3:08:37 PM PDT · by hemogoblin · 34 replies · 303+ views
    Associated Press | 7/20/03 | AP
    CAPE CANAVERAL — NASA officials are delicately seeking advice about what to do with the 84,000 shattered pieces from Columbia, cautiously broaching the idea of putting some shuttle parts on display. There are mixed feelings among the survivors of the astronauts. “It touches everybody who sees it,” said Jonathan Clark, husband of astronaut Laurel Clark. “It has a tremendous impact on you. It makes you realize the importance of space exploration.” Kirstie McCool Chadwick, sister of pilot Willie McCool, said she supports the debris being used for research, but “I don’t know what the purpose of displaying it in public...
  • 3,000 Amateurs Offer NASA Photos of Columbia's Demise

    04/23/2003 11:48:04 PM PDT · by Timesink · 6 replies · 454+ views
    The New York Times ^ | April 22, 2003 | John Schwartz
    April 22, 2003 3,000 Amateurs Offer NASA Photos of Columbia's Demise Associated PressContrails from the Columbia are seen in a video image taken by two Dutch military pilots training at Fort Hood, Tex., on Feb. 1. This widely circulated image, purported to be of the shuttle Columbia, is actually from the 1998 movie "Armageddon." By JOHN SCHWARTZ OUSTON, April 19 - Dan McNew thought he had shot the home movie of a lifetime. He had aimed his digital video camera at the shuttle Columbia as it returned to earth on Feb. 1; living near Dallas, in the path of...
  • Autodesk's founder reports gross errors by Limbaugh, CNN, Snopes (Remember "Columbia's Last Photo?")

    03/30/2003 12:44:05 AM PST · by Dont Mention the War · 23 replies · 1,760+ views | March 29, 2003 | John Walker
    Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2003 10:24:29 -0800 From: Jim Warren Subject: Autodesk's founder reports gross errors by Limbaugh, CNN, Snopes Cc: [Snopes and a whole bunch of CNN circular file email addresses; Mr. Warren doesn't seem to know the news biz very well --DMTW] [If you know John, you know him to be a most ardent stickler for facts. Here, John is not reporting hearsay; he's reporting about what's happened on his own server, and images he provides thereon. --jim] At 12:34 AM +0100 3/29/03, John Walker wrote: Subject: Sniping at Snopes.comAlmost everybody's experienced the phenomenon of encountering a description...
  • MSNBC: Columbia Flight Data Recorder Found

    03/19/2003 5:04:01 PM PST · by mhking · 49 replies · 415+ views
    MSNBC | 3.19.03
    Nothing follows....
  • Last-Ditch Effort?Data Suggests Crew Attempted to Save Columbia in Final Seconds

    03/09/2003 8:27:33 PM PST · by John W · 19 replies · 406+ views ^ | March 9,2003 | Dennis Powell
    March 9 — As the space shuttle Columbia was breaking apart over Texas on Feb. 1, one of the shuttle's pilots may have attempted to take control of the spacecraft, ABCNEWS has learned. On re-entry, the shuttle normally is controlled by on-board computers. But recovered data from the last seconds of flight indicates that one of the pilots, commander Rick Husband or Wille McCool, may have attempted to disengage the auto pilot in what would have been a futile effort to regain control of Columbia, sources working with investigators told ABCNEWS. Astronauts are taught to take control of the shuttle...
  • NASA Recovers Columbia Cockpit Videotape

    02/25/2003 7:16:30 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 32 replies · 443+ views
    AP ^ | February 25, 2003 | MARCIA DUNN
    SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) -- The board investigating the Columbia tragedy said Tuesday it wants to know more about a mysterious object that almost certainly fell off the shuttle and was flying alongside the spacecraft during its second day in orbit. Meanwhile, NASA said late Tuesday night that a videotape from inside Columbia's cockpit has been recovered from the wreckage and shows four of the astronauts just before their ship began experiencing trouble.Thirteen minutes of tape were preserved; the rest was burned. The tape ends four minutes after the shuttle's atmospheric entry, while the shuttle is still over the Pacific...
  • Shuttle Lost Parts Over Calif. (finally confirming what amateur skywatchers from Day One said)

    02/18/2003 7:23:50 PM PST · by TLBSHOW · 195 replies · 498+ views
    ap ^ | 2/18/2002 | MARCIA DUNN
    Board: Shuttle Lost Parts Over Calif. SPACE CENTER, Houston - Space shuttle Columbia began losing pieces over the California coast well before it disintegrated over Texas, the accident investigation board reported Tuesday, finally confirming what astronomers and amateur skywatchers have been saying from Day One. But board member James Hallock, a physicist and chief of the Transportation Department's aviation safety division, said the fragments were probably so small they burned up before reaching the ground. He said the conclusion that the space shuttle was shedding pieces a full six minutes before it came apart over Texas was based on images...
  • Clinton exploits death of space shuttle astronauts to benefit his library

    02/11/2003 12:04:48 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 33 replies · 378+ views
    Associated Press | February 11, 2003
    People in the News LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Former President Bill Clinton will debut with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra on the March 25 program "Let Freedom Ring," a celebration of the American spirit that pays tribute to the seven Columbia astronauts. Clinton will narrate Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait," which includes excerpts from speeches by Abraham Lincoln and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The orchestra will perform Gustav Holst's "Jupiter," the fourth movement of Holst's seven-movement suite "The Planets," to honor the astronauts who died when the space shuttle Columbia broke apart before landing on Feb. 1. Foreman native...
  • Dwayne Powell Cartoon on the Columbia explosion (classless)

    02/05/2003 6:20:40 AM PST · by jern · 21 replies · 341+ views
    News & Observer (Raleigh,NC) ^ | Feb 4, 2003 | DWANE POWELL
  • Texas Officer Charged In Shuttle Looting

    02/10/2003 2:20:51 PM PST · by 11th Earl of Mar · 16 replies · 263+ views
    AP ^ | 2/10/03
    By JAMIE STENGLE Associated Press Writer February 10, 2003, 4:31 PM EST LUFKIN, Texas -- A Texas law enforcement officer was arrested Monday on federal charges he stole pieces of space shuttle Columbia. Harrison County Constable Robert Hagan II, 45, became the third person charged with looting shuttle debris that dropped onto the countryside. Hagan was charged with theft of government property for allegedly taking a piece of tile and other debris while helping with the recovery effort Feb. 1 and 2 in the Nacogdoches area. "It is a particularly troubling day when an individual who swore to uphold the...
  • From Excitement to Horror: Columbia's Last Flight Online (New York Times)

    02/09/2003 4:02:34 AM PST · by leadpenny · 108 replies · 1,982+ views
    New York Times and Free Republic.Com | 9 Feb 03 | Tom Kuntz
    New York Times Week in Review From Excitement to Horror: Columbia's Last Flight Online By TOM KUNTZ The 1937 Hindenburg airship disaster was carried live to a large radio audience. The 1986 space shuttle disaster happened live on network television before millions of stunned viewers. Almost from the beginning, the 9/11 attacks were broadcast live worldwide. Last weekend's shuttle disaster also unfolded live, but the primary medium was arguably not radio or television. It was the Internet. A small audience of space enthusiasts learned of trouble in real time by tuning in to mission control in Houston via NASA...
  • Here are some of the Experiments Done on Columbia

    02/06/2003 7:48:03 PM PST · by FlyingA · 6 replies · 289+ views
    Shuttle Press Kit ^ | 2/05/03 | Nasa Mission Overview
    Check out some of the experiments they were doing
  • More than hindsight, we need foresight to go on (Buzz Aldrin's NASA/Columbia Shuttle editorial)

    02/04/2003 7:14:08 PM PST · by weegee · 26 replies · 409+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Feb. 3, 2003, 7:05PM | BUZZ ALDRIN
    On Saturday, I set three alarms for 6 in the morning. But when I turned on the television, I was puzzled by the relative silence at Mission Control. Though landing time was approaching, there was little activity. The realization dawned as slowly for me, a veteran astronaut, as for everyone else. There was no immediate or decisive announcement, only a slow recognition that a catastrophe had occurred. I didn't know these astronauts. But I know what they were doing, because I've done it. Astronauts face danger all the time. It's a job where danger is a basic assumption. But you...
  • TV networks, advertisers pull some quick switches after shuttle accident

    02/04/2003 6:59:24 PM PST · by foreverfree · 6 replies · 184+ views
    AP via Pottstown (PA) Mercury ^ | 2/4/03 | David Bauder
    TV networks, advertisers pull some quick switches after shuttle accident David Bauder, AP Television Writer February 04, 2003 NEW YORK -- Television networks and advertisers quickly yanked material from the air to avoid appearing insensitive after Saturday’s disintegration of the space shuttle Columbia. They included a commercial for the Hewlett-Packard Co. bragging about its ability to get astronauts home safely, and a 1998 Bruce Willis movie that depicts a space shuttle being destroyed by an asteroid. The HP ad depicts astronauts dressed for flight, and included the line, "HP computers and servers help NASA in making sure our astronauts come...
  • Beam Me Out Of This Death Trap, Scotty (April 1980 anti-shuttle article, long)

    02/03/2003 12:04:12 PM PST · by Timesink · 22 replies · 2,095+ views
    The Washington Monthly ^ | April 1980 | Gregg Easterbrook
    Respond to this Article April 1980 Beam Me Out Of This Death Trap, Scotty 5 ... 4 ... 3 ... 2 ... 1 ... Goodbye, Columbia By Gregg Easterbrook This April 1980 Washington Monthly cover story on the problems and progress of NASA's space shuttle program was written one year before Columbia's first launch in 1981. To view a larger image of the original cover, click here. The most expensive flying machine ever constructed sputtered and smacked through the low waves, kicking up spray, straining mightily to take flight. It had been bobbing by the dock in Long Beach...
  • BREAKING: NBC News finds Jan 30 NASA Memo showing serious concern about tile damage!

    02/03/2003 6:03:22 AM PST · by Timesink · 886 replies · 981+ views
    NBC News | February 3, 2003 | Jay Barbree
    Developing. Watch MSNBC for latest. Internal memo shows some engineers believe there was up to a 7 1/2-inch gash from the foam breakoff at launch. Memo was serious enough to go out to all NASA centers two days before disaster.
  • NASA establishes FTP site for shuttle debris photo/video uploads (spread the word!)

    02/02/2003 2:21:25 PM PST · by Timesink · 7 replies · 557+ views
    NASA ^ | February 2, 2003
    Instructions for Uploading Images and Video Related to the Columbia AccidentFor anyone who has recorded video or taken photos that they believe may be of aid in the investigation of the Space Shuttle Columbia accident, NASA has established a special location on the Web where Internet users may upload their media files to be reviewed by NASA. Using the FTP method of your choice, log on to the server as "anonymous," using your e-mail address as your password. Example: User ID: anonymous Password: Along with any image or video file that you wish to upload, please include...
  • Photos show odd images near shuttle...

    02/02/2003 4:46:45 PM PST · by seraphMTH · 81 replies · 963+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 2, 2003 | David Perlman
    <p>A San Francisco amateur astronomer who photographs the space shuttles whenever their orbits carry them over the Bay Area has captured five strange and provocative images of the shuttle Columbia just as it was re-entering the Earth's atmosphere before dawn Saturday.</p>
  • NASA says remains of all seven Astronauts have been found

    02/02/2003 4:18:56 PM PST · by yonif · 8 replies · 316+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Feb. 3, 2003 | THE JERUSALEM POST INTERNET STAFF
    TV news channels report that NASA is saying that its investigators have found the remains of all seven astronauts. A senior IDF Rabbinate official has been sent by the army to Texas to ensure that in the event the remains of Col. Ilan Ramon are found, they will be brought back to Israel for burial. A security official told the Jerusalem Post that the senior officer will not participate in the search or the examination of the remains of any of the astronauts found strewn in the debris. But in the event body parts found are verified to be those...
  • Texas Gov. Bio-Toxin, Bio-Hazard Statement

    02/01/2003 2:49:59 PM PST · by Suck My AR-16 · 19 replies · 386+ views
    Texas Gov's Office ^ | 02/01/03 | Texas Gov
    Partial According to eyewitness and video accounts, the disintegration of the Space Shuttle Columbia could be seen, heard and felt by Texans all across North-Central and East Texas and western Louisiana. As we await more information concerning the events of this great tragedy, I want to re-emphasize a note of caution to all living in North and East Texas: if you spot shuttle debris, do not touch it nor go near it. Shuttle materials could pose a grave risk to human health because of toxic propellants used aboard the space shuttle. If you find debris, please call local authorities immediately...
  • Italian astronaut: Re-entry angle incorrect?

    02/02/2003 1:39:32 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 43 replies · 340+ views ^ | Sunday, February 2, 2003
    An Italian astronaut who's been on two space flights says an incorrect angle of re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere could have caused the space shuttle Columbia to disintegrate. Falling space shuttle debris (Photo: "It is too early to speculate on the precise causes of the accident but the images from Texas suggest that the Columbia broke up into at least three pieces due to an improper angle as it returned into the atmosphere," Umberto Guidoni told Italy's ANSA news agency. NASA declared an emergency after losing all contact with Columbia 16 minutes before it was due to land at...
  • Israel, India mourn loss of national heroes

    02/02/2003 1:42:22 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 274+ views ^ | Sunday, February 2, 2003
    As Americans mourn the loss of the Columbia space shuttle today, two other nations – Israel and India – are also in shock as a day of anticipated national celebration turned to sadness and grief. Ilan Ramon One of the seven astronauts aboard the craft that took off Jan. 16 was Israeli Air Force Col. Ilan Ramon, part of Columbia's science mission. In a press statement early on, newly re-elected Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said: "The government and people of Israel are praying together with the peoples of the world for the safety of the astronauts on the shuttle Columbia."...
  • Statement by President Bush

    02/01/2003 2:18:17 PM PST · by conservativecorner · 37 replies · 611+ views
    SpaceFlightNow ^ | Feb. 1, 2003 | Unknown
    My fellow Americans, this day has brought terrible news and great sadness to our country. At 9:00 a.m. this morning, Mission Control in Houston lost contact with our Space Shuttle Columbia. A short time later, debris was seen falling from the skies above Texas. The Columbia is lost; there are no survivors. On board was a crew of seven: Colonel Rick Husband; Lt. Colonel Michael Anderson; Commander Laurel Clark; Captain David Brown; Commander William McCool; Dr. Kalpana Chawla; and Ilan Ramon, a Colonel in the Israeli Air Force. These men and women assumed great risk in the service to all...
  • Astronauts Remember Challenger Disaster - January 28, 1986

    01/29/2003 8:50:26 AM PST · by MeekOneGOP · 6 replies · 941+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 29, 2003 | By MARCIA DUNN / AP Aerospace Writer
    JANUARY 29, 08:17 ET Astronauts Remember Challenger Disaster By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space shuttle Columbia's astronauts briefly interrupted their science work on the 17th anniversary of the Challenger disaster to remember their fallen comrades. NASA's work force, in orbit and on Earth, observed a moment of silence Tuesday at the exact time that Challenger exploded in the sky Jan. 28, 1986. They honored not only on the seven Challenger astronauts, but also the three who were killed by a fire in their Apollo spacecraft at the pad Jan. 27, 1967. At the launch...
  • Time to Revisit the Aerospace Plane Concept in Light of this Disaster

    02/01/2003 9:25:09 AM PST · by LS · 48 replies · 824+ views
    self | 02/01/03 | LS
    In light of today's Columbia disaster, it is perhaps time to revisit the intentions behind the now-cancelled National Aerospace Plane (the X-30) program. That program, in many ways, addressed what are apparently many of the problems that led to this explosion and loss of life. In the early 1980s, the Reagan Administration, through DARPA (the Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency) formed a team of services (the Air Force, Navy, Strategic Defense) and NASA to design and build a scramjet-powered spaceplane that had aicraft-like operational characteristics. The goal was to make a space plane that was genuinely reusable, unlike the shuttles,...
  • Bush's day: Dealing with tragedy (A Recap of his day)

    02/01/2003 8:47:29 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 5 replies · 409+ views ^ | February 1, 2003 |
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The following is a recap of President Bush's day, as recounted to CNN by a senior administration official: 8 a.m. EST President Bush, at the Camp David retreat, receives his usual intelligence briefing. 9 a.m. EST White House Chief of Staff Andy Card, also at Camp David, is channel surfing, flipping through TV stations, and begins watching NASA Television, awaiting the landing. He sees that NASA has lost contact with the space shuttle Columbia. Card calls the Situation Room and then NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe but could not reach him. Card tells Bush that NASA has lost...
  • NASA searching for 'smoking gun'/Bush promises space exploration to continue

    02/02/2003 1:35:36 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 176+ views ^ | Sunday, February 2, 2003
    As the U.S. and much of the world mourns the loss of seven astronauts killed aboard space shuttle Columbia, NASA's search for the "smoking gun" cause of the disintegration is already underway, and President Bush vows to continue America's leadership in space exploration. "The Columbia is lost. There are no survivors," the president told the nation. "The cause in which they died will continue. Mankind is led into the darkness beyond our world by the inspiration of discovery and the longing to understand. Our journey into space will go on." Nearly 17 years to the day after the Challenger explosion,...
  • Ads for shuttle debris yanked from eBay

    02/02/2003 1:37:16 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 277+ views ^ | Sunday, February 2, 2003
    It didn't take long for many Americans to try to cash in on the space shuttle Columbia disaster, with numerous postings of shuttle memorabilia on eBay – with some claiming to be actual debris. Columbia radio offered on eBay The online auctioneer yanked a handful of listings purporting to be remnants of the orbiter which disintegrated yesterday morning during its descent into the atmosphere. EBay's Kevin Pursglove says executives are considering reporting the sellers to federal authorities who are looking to gather Columbia's pieces for their investigation. It's a federal offense to take pieces of an aircraft involved in an...
  • Personal observations on the reliability of the Shuttle (by Richard P. Feynman)

    02/01/2003 2:41:25 PM PST · by theFIRMbss · 35 replies · 732+ views
    Virtual School ^ | ? | Richard P. Feynman
    Personal observations on the reliability of the Shuttle by Richard P. Feynman For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled. Introduction It appears that there are enormous differences of opinion as to the probability of a failure with loss of vehicle and of human life. The estimates range from roughly 1 in 100 to 1 in 100,000. The higher figures come from the working engineers, and the very low figures from management. What are the causes and consequences of this lack of agreement? Since 1 part in 100,000 would imply that one...
  • Shuttle Loss Another Challenge for Boeing

    02/01/2003 2:05:07 PM PST · by Willie Green · 6 replies · 360+ views
    Reuters ^ | Saturday, February 1, 2003 | Kathy Fieweger
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. CHICAGO (Reuters) - The explosion of the space shuttle Columbia will present yet another challenge for Boeing Co., the largest NASA contractor, as it struggles through an unprecedented downturn in commercial aviation that has sharply hurt its profitability. Chicago-based Boeing builds space shuttles after acquiring the space business of Rockwell International in 1996. It also maintains the orbiter as part of a 50/50 joint venture with fellow defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. called United Space Alliance, based in Houston. Boeing also builds, tests and maintains the shuttle's main reusable liquid-fueled rocket...
  • Couple Who Lost a Son on Sept. 11 Now Loses Niece Aboard the Shuttle

    02/01/2003 1:47:57 PM PST · by krodriguesdc · 8 replies · 452+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Published: Feb 1, 2003 | By Miranda Leitsinger Associated Press Writer
    Couple Who Lost a Son on Sept. 11 Now Loses Niece Aboard the Shuttle By Miranda Leitsinger Associated Press Writer Published: Feb 1, 2003 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Astronaut Laurel Clark's death on the space shuttle Columbia was the second sudden and very public tragedy to hit Doug and Betty Haviland in 17 months. Laurel Clark was their niece and her final moments were broadcast again and again on television Saturday, exploding white dots 200,000 feet above the earth. On Sept. 11, 2001, television had first brought tragedy. The Havilands were watching after the World Trade Center absorbed...
  • Iraqis Call Shuttle Disaster God's Vengeance

    02/01/2003 1:12:21 PM PST · by SAMWolf · 5 replies · 187+ views
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Immediate popular reaction in Baghdad on Saturday to the loss of the U.S. space shuttle Columbia and its seven-member crew -- including the first Israeli in space -- was that it was God's retribution. "We are happy that it broke up," government employee Abdul Jabbar al-Quraishi said. "God wants to show that his might is greater than the Americans. They have encroached on our country. God is avenging us," he said. Iraqis are braced for a possible U.S.-led war to rid their country of any chemical, biological or nuclear weapons it may possess. Iraq denies it has...
  • Shuttle Pic--SIDE VIEW!

    02/01/2003 12:18:50 PM PST · by GRRRRR · 235 replies · 689+ views
    WFAA | 02/01/03 | GRRRRR
    This is the picture that Rintense and I have seen...from the WFAA can see the shuttle from the REAR clearly, and it is traveling from FRAME RIGHT TO FRAME LEFT--look closely, you can certainly see the shuttle's main engines at the rear, also the PROFILE of the shuttle from underneath...and in the video, it's moving in the direction of the left wing...
  • Israeli, US astronauts die in shuttle blast over ‘Palestine’ (BARF ALERT -- Saudi viewpoint)

    02/01/2003 3:12:56 PM PST · by anotherview · 68 replies · 1,107+ views
    Arab News ^ | 2 February 2003 | Barbara Ferguson
    Israeli, US astronauts die in shuttle blast over ‘Palestine’ By Barbara Ferguson, Arab News StaffWASHINGTON, 2 February 2003 — All seven crew of the American space shuttle Columbia, including the first ever Israeli astronaut, were killed yesterday when the craft disintegrated in flames just minutes before it was scheduled to land. In a tragic irony, the Columbia exploded with its Israeli astronaut on board over a city named Palestine in the state of Texas. The cause of the disaster was not immediately clear, but residents in north Texas heard a loud boom as Columbia passed overhead. “I could see two...
  • Stunned World Sees, Grieves Over Shuttle Disaster

    02/01/2003 3:20:25 PM PST · by billorites · 12 replies · 628+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2/1/03 | Ron Popeski
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - A stunned world watched the dramatic breakup of the U.S. space shuttle Columbia in the clear blue skies over Texas on Saturday, and sent their words of sorrow to grieving Americans. The world's other major space power, Russia, sent its condolences to Washington, but said the disaster would not affect the launch of a supply rocket to the orbiting international space station on Sunday. The seven members of Columbia's crew had "given their lives to conquering the dangers of space in the name of peace, science and progress of civilization," Russia's President Vladimir Putin said. A spokesman...
  • CBS Radio News Now Reporting Human Remains Found. Believed To Be From Shuttle

    02/01/2003 5:00:23 PM PST · by MindBender26 · 92 replies · 562+ views
    Story moved on WFLA / WFLF Orlando | CBS Radio News
    CBS Radio News Now Reporting Human Remains Found. Believed To Be From Shuttle / at the 7:45 PM EST update. Unconfirmed report from rural area near Palestine, TX. Sheriffs Dept in that area reports human remains found, believed to be from shuttle.
  • Early indications are heat problem caused shuttle tragedy / STS-107

    02/01/2003 5:01:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 462+ views
    Knight Ridder Newspapers ^ | 2/1/03 | Seth Borenstein
    <p>WASHINGTON - (KRT) - It's too soon to say why the space shuttle Columbia exploded, but the early signs suggest that a heat problem enveloped the left wing and side of the spacecraft before it disintegrated more than 39 miles above north central Texas.</p>
  • Warnings Issued About Theft of Shuttle Debris

    02/01/2003 5:21:31 PM PST · by Arkinsaw · 58 replies · 442+ views
    Officials with the U.S. Attorney’s office, Eastern District of Texas, issued strong warnings Saturday afternoon to those who tamper with or attempt to take debris of the space shuttle Columbia. United States Attorneys Matthew D. Orwig and Michael Shelby jointly announced that their offices will take “all necessary steps to ensure that the monumental investigative and recovery efforts following the tragic accident are not impaired by the actions of those who seek to obtain pieces of debris,” according to a press release. While it was widely reported that debris from the accident could hazardous, and contact with that debris should...
  • Retired SoCal astronaut describes shuttle re-entry sequence

    02/02/2003 12:51:52 AM PST · by hoosierskypilot · 159+ views
    Modesto Bee ^ | 2/1/03 | AP
    <p>LANCASTER, Calif.(AP) - Retired astronaut Gordon Fullerton on Saturday recalled Columbia's 1982 re-entry sequence when he was at the helm of an eight-day flight. "Re-entry begins with a mild rocket burn halfway around the world to help get the orbiter into the right position," he told the Antelope Valley Press. "It's very interesting, for the pilots especially, during the gradual transition from spacecraft to aircraft."</p>
  • EBay pulls listings of shuttle debris

    02/02/2003 12:53:59 AM PST · by hoosierskypilot · 6 replies · 197+ views
    Modesto Bee ^ | 2/1/03 | AP
    <p>San Jose(AP) - - Online auction site E-Bay has yanked several listings off its Web site today from people trying to sell items they claim are debris from the space shuttle Columbia. E-Bay executives may report the sellers to federal authorities who are trying to collect the debris for an official investigation.</p>
  • Shuttle Victim Never Said Goodbye To Family

    02/02/2003 1:03:03 AM PST · by hoosierskypilot · 2 replies · 160+ views
    WLKY ^ | 2/1/03
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Seven astronauts -- six Americans and Israel's first astronaut -- died Saturday morning when space shuttle Columbia broke up in flames about 200,000 feet over Texas just minutes before it was due to land in Florida. One of them -- Kalpana Chawla, the first Indian-born woman in space -- never got to say goodbye to her family. Chawla (pictured) was a new kind of heroine in India, which has launched satellites for years and is preparing for a moon orbit this decade. She died Saturday with her six colleagues when the space shuttle disintegrated over Texas....
  • Paramount to Pull THE CORE Trailers Due To Shuttle Disaster

    02/01/2003 9:28:03 PM PST · by mhking · 13 replies · 221+ views
    Ain't It Cool News ^ | 2.1.03 | Harry Knowles
    Paramount to Pull THE CORE Trailers Due To Shuttle Disaster Hey folks, Harry here... Well, at 9-11 we lost the SPIDER-MAN teaser that had the World Trade Center on display, this time with the shuttle disaster, they've pulled THE CORE trailer which features the Space Shuttle having massive difficulties upon reentry and seemingly landing I believe in what looks like the THEM! canals in Los Angeles. If you don't remember the trailer, you can get it at ComingSoon.Net if you want it, go get it soon, because... well, the trailer is already being pulled from theaters, online will be next....
  • Heartbreaking Discoveries of Shuttle Explosion in Hemphill (TX)

    02/01/2003 8:12:19 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 33 replies · 926+ views
    Heartbreaking Discoveries of Shuttle Explosion in Hemphill Reported by News Department February 1, 2003 - 7:31PM HEMPHILL, Texas (AP) _ Among the chunks of metal littered across eastern Texas following the space shuttle's explosion were some heartbreaking discoveries: an astronaut's charred patch, a helmet, some human remains. The shuttle Columbia broke apart in flames 200,000 feet over Texas on Saturday morning, leaving a 500-mile swath of debris across several counties. All seven astronauts were killed just minutes before they were to glide to a landing in Florida. Mike Gibbs, an X-ray technician at Sabine County Hospital, was driving on...
  • Some PUNK was on EBAY claiming to have a piece of the shuttle for sale.

    Ebay has since cancelled the auction but the page was archived by someone else for the curious to view. Can anyone tell if the item is real or bogus.
  • People 'selling' shuttle debris

    02/01/2003 7:18:01 PM PST · by nunya bidness · 64 replies · 680+ views ^ | 2/2/03 | Staff
    TEXAS authorities are investigating reports that people are trying to sell debris from the Space Shuttle Columbia, which disintegrated over eastern Texas earlier today. "We have a zero tolerance policy for this sort of thing," said Mike Shelby, the US Attorney for the southern district of Texas, after hearing a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) report that attempts had been made to sell debris on ebay, an internet auction website. Shelby said that he and his colleague Matt Arwig, the US attorney for the eastern district of Texas, would cooperate with authorities in an investigation. Those attempting to sell...
  • Iran condoles with US, Indian crew of shuttle -distinguishes between political row & scientific

    02/02/2003 12:17:57 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 31 replies · 198+ views
    Iran condoles with US, Indian crew of shuttle Columbia Tehran, Feb 1, IRNA -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi expressed regret over the explosion of the Columbia Space Shuttle over the US skies and expressed condolences with the family members of its US and Indian crew. Iran distinguishes between Iran-US political row and scientific, and humanitarian issues Asefi said, expressing hope that such unfortunate events will not deter scientific centers from their attempts to explore the undiscovered secrets of the creation. The space shuttle Columbia appeared to explode and break up in the skies over Texas on Saturday...
  • Shuttle Debris Rains on Texas, Blackens Earth / STS-107

    02/01/2003 12:51:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 1,383+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/1/03 | Jon Herskovitz - Reuters
    RICE, Texas (Reuters) - Debris from space shuttle Columbia rained down onto fields and highways in Texas on Saturday, with witnesses coming across smoldering metal wreckage, including what appeared to be a door from the orbiter, local officials and eyewitnesses said. Reuters Photo A 100-mile-long debris cloud of ash and metal fragments also spread over the state's wide open rural spaces and into neighboring Louisiana, local weather officials said. One piece of wreckage about three feet by five feet was smoldering in a field near Rice, Texas, just off Interstate 45 about 45 miles south of Dallas. Police were urging...
  • Chirac expresses condolences over loss of space shuttle "forever a friend to the American people"

    02/01/2003 7:51:20 PM PST · by jern · 41 replies · 317+ views
    AP ^ | Feb 1, 2003 | AP
    AP World Politics Chirac expresses condolences over loss of space shuttle Columbia Sat Feb 1, 3:18 PM ET PARIS - President Jacques Chirac on Saturday expressed his "profound emotion" over the loss of the space shuttle Columbia, saying France felt solidarity with Americans and Israelis over the disaster. Chirac, in a letter to U.S. President George W. Bush (news - web sites), said the shuttle's loss was a "terrible tragedy," and he asked Bush to pass on his condolences to the victims' families. Columbia broke apart in flames 60,000 meters (200,000 feet) over Texas, killing all seven astronauts aboard minutes...
  • Space Shuttle Disaster

    02/01/2003 5:09:36 PM PST · by Sthrnldytn · 31 replies · 435+ views
    1,Feb.03 | Sthrnldytn
    I know they said the shuttle was too high for a terrorist to take it down with a rocket. Think on this theory. Couldn’t a hacker do it by computer? They did say the re-entry was done by computer. That is assuming there is a terrorist hacker out there smart enough.