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Old 02-01-2013, 12:50 PM  
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Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy. 10 Years ago today

Feb 1 2003, Shuttle busted up over Texas.....


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With somber ceremonies, the United States on Friday commemorated the loss of the space shuttle Columbia and its seven-member crew on the tenth anniversary of the disaster.

Columbia, NASA's first space shuttle orbiter to be put into service, disintegrated during re-entry on February 1, 2003, as it was ending its 28th mission.

All seven astronauts on board died in the landmark incident that triggered the end of the shuttle mission.

"Ten years ago, seven brave astronauts gave their lives in the name of exploration when America's first flight-ready space shuttle, Columbia, failed to return safely to Earth," President Barack Obama said in a statement.

At a ceremony at the Space Mirror Memorial on the grounds of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, those remembering the dead included Evelyn Husband Thompson, the widow of the shuttle commander Rick Husband, as well as former astronauts and representatives of the US space agency, NASA.

Meanwhile, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and a delegation gathered at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington where three of Columbia's crew members are buried.

Columbia's demise was triggered when a loose piece of insulating foam from the external fuel tank that had peeled off during the shuttle's launch 16 days earlier struck one of Columbia's carbon composite wings.

After the incident, the administration of former president George W. Bush decided to put an end to the shuttle program, allowing the three remaining orbiters to fly only as long as it took to complete the International Space Station -- in 2011 -- and to honor Washington's commitments to its partners.

Aside from 45-year-old Husband and his co-pilot William McCool, 41, the crew consisted of: Kalpana Chawla (41), Michael Anderson (43), Laurel Clark (41), David Brown (46) and Ilan Ramon (48), Israel's first astronaut.

Six of the seven were married and together they had a total of 12 children.

Friday's annual Day of Remembrance also honors others killed in other space-related incidents.

Three American astronauts died after a fire swept through the Apollo 1 aircraft during a test run in January 1967, and the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger in January 1986 shortly after take-off killed all seven crew members aboard.

"As we undertake the next generation of discovery, today we pause to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice on the journey of exploration," Obama said.
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:25 PM   #31
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:35 PM   #32
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I was in Hawaii with my wife, turned on the TV and there it was, buzz kill.
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:42 PM   #33
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I honestly don't remember where I was. Does that make me a bad person?

I remember I was in my bedroom when Elvis died, in study hall in high school when the Challenger blew up, in a condo in Ormond Beach Florida when JFK Fr, died and eating breakfast with my insurance agent in a small diner when 9/11 happened though.
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:09 PM   #34
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Think it was a Saturday morning. Woke the wife up. Couldn't comprehend what we were witnessing.
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:10 PM   #35
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Columbia, I was still asleep. Woke up and saw the news just a little while after they had the footage.

Challenger I was in 4th grade on the playground. They cancelled recess and called us all back inside. I remember teachers crying.
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:20 PM   #36
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I had never seen that video of Columbia before. wow
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:32 PM   #37
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This one goes farther after the Challenger explosion. Warning... sad stuff.


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Old 02-01-2013, 06:59 PM   #38
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This one goes farther after the Challenger explosion. Warning... sad stuff.



Imagine watching your daughter explode right in front of you.

And you know they're gone forever.
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Old 02-01-2013, 07:14 PM   #39
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I think I read something that they might have survived and didn't die in the explosion and they crashed into ocean. I think I read that.....hmmm
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Old 02-01-2013, 07:20 PM   #40
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Im sure it has just slipped from memory, but this is the first Ive heard about the Columbia, have no recollection of it at all.
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Old 02-01-2013, 07:23 PM   #41
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Imagine watching your daughter explode right in front of you.

And you know they're gone forever.
Can't even imagine. Weird watching Krista McCauliffes (sp?) mom and dad on there. They didn't know what was going on or what to even think.
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:01 PM   #42
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Yea it happened on a Sat morning, so for whatever reason, the story didnt seem to get as big and tragic as much as the Challenger one did.
It makes sense. I mean the challenger crew's family's reaction was caught on tape. That's ****ing reality TV there.

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Can't even imagine. Weird watching Krista McCauliffes (sp?) mom and dad on there. They didn't know what was going on or what to even think.
That would be ****ing terrible. Did they continue to announce the real time status of shuttle liftoffs on the loudspeaker after that? probably not a good idea.
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:50 PM   #44
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When the Challenger blew up I was in the Navy in port in San Diego and we all gathered around the Mess Deck watching the news.

When Columbia went down my wife and I were just heading out of the lodge to hop on a ski lift in Mammoth
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:56 PM   #45
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That would be ****ing terrible. Did they continue to announce the real time status of shuttle liftoffs on the loudspeaker after that? probably not a good idea.
If you watch the video it seems they did although after the explosion those became few and far between. It seemed everyone including control was trying to figure out wtf.

edit... I see what you were saying now... and I don't know.
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