By Stephen Downes
February 1, 2003
Space Shuttle Columbia 'Lost'
crashed today, killing all seven
astronauts aboard. Mission control could do nothing as
filled the airwaves. Highlights and news:
Mission controllers lost contact Saturday
with the shuttle as multiple
vapor trails were spotted over Texas.
First Israeli astronaut Ilan
Ramon lost in crash... Israel
mourns... lost in the crash was Moon
Landscape, created by Petr Ginz, a 14-year-old
Jewish boy, during his incarceration in the
Theresienstadt ghetto, carried by Ramon along with miniature
scroll of the Torah.
Indian-born astronaut Kalpana
Chawla also lost (bio)...
stunned as residents are warned to stay away from debris
field in Texas (map) as
houses are hit, one burns... Police in Nacogdoches,
Texas, reported "numerous pieces of debris" both inside
the city limits and in Nacogdoches County... exclusive
pics of the wreckage...
Editors at the Washington Post have egg on their
face as a prewritten article, ironically titled
"Columbia Streaks Toward Florida Landing" (formerly here
but removed, mirrored
here) remains on the site a half hour after the
crash... (Google news hit
on the headline)
Former safety engineer, Dian hardison, says I f-ing
warned them... A report
released yesterday (January 31) warns of "shortages
in its (NASA's) workforce... This dilemma is more
pronounced among areas crucial to NASA's ability to
perform its mission, such as engineering, science, and
The ghouls at CNN will charge
you money to view the radar loop, but it is mirrored
here... Video mirrored
here (Quicktime mov)
On launch day, a piece of insulating foam on the
external fuel tank came off during liftoff and was
believed to have struck
the left wing of the shuttle...
The shuttle crew and ground staff had paused to
remember the 17th anniversary of the Challenger
disaster during the flight...
to media on how to cover the event (besides running
the story with the right ending): hit the streets, get
in close... more
More from the ghoul file as space shuttle debris advertised on
here, because eBay will pull it)
Via a bunch of places, some dark humour: What
minute coverage, blog style, on Metafilter (easily
the best text coverage on the net)...
Was it time to retire
the 22 year old Columbia? From August, 2000: Columbia
has 3,500 defects in wiring
Iraqi official calls shuttle crash God's
Bush had considered privatizing
NASA, but his
speech on the disaster is an eerie echo of Reagan's
speech following the Challenger disaster...
stunned world grieves...
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