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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...