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Another Sad Day -- shuttle Columbia breaks up

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Old 02-01-2003, 09:35 AM
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Another Sad Day -- shuttle Columbia breaks up

Shuttle breaks up
The space shuttle Columbia broke up this morning as it descended over central Texas Saturday toward a planned landing at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The space shuttle was carrying a crew of seven.

They were almost home...



CNN Developing story

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Old 02-01-2003, 09:49 AM
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It is really sad. I feel for their families. It's really amazing though that there have been so many shuttle flights with very few problems. I guess the crew of the space station wont get any visitors for a while.
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Old 02-01-2003, 11:21 AM
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This is a very sad day. Let's all remember the families and keep them in our prayers and heart.
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Old 02-01-2003, 11:47 AM
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I watched the Challenger, with my sixth graders, in 86. I never thought such a thing could have happened. Today brings it all back in spades.
May their souls rest in peace, welcomed by the Challenger 7.
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Old 02-01-2003, 12:15 PM
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When the Challenger disaster happened, my daughter (not quite 2) and I had traveled up from Miami (as we did many times) to watch the shuttle launch. We had a pretty good record -- we had never been skunked (the launches had always gone off as planned). I played hookey and we went to the main gate at the Kennedy Space Center. We had a spot we had always picked out. I watched (with my daugher on my shoulders) as Challenger disintegrated while I cried (along with eveyone else). We were all devastated. It's a magnificent thing to watch (day or night). I took my father and mother up for a night watch one evening, not telling them where we were going. I thought it would be a nice surprise. He eventually demanded to know where we were going and I told him. He said that he had no desire to see such a thing, but we went on anyway. He told me that he had seen the first automobiles and the first airplane flights when he was very young. He had seen jets fly and had even seen the rockets launch on television for the moon missions. He said that one of the most memorable things that he had ever seen in his entire life was the launching of that shuttle that night. For months after, that was all he could talk about. He was absolutely amazed. When you look out across the water and see that rocket taking off and see the shock wave travel across the water and hit you in the face, it is an awesome sight and feeling. Today when Columbia was destroyed, I could not believe it was happening again. We live an hour from the space center and we can sit in our yard and watch the launch. I just don't think I'll be able to do it again. This is truly a sad day -- not just for the US or Israel -- but for the world, because it is space that is our future. As we outgrow this small blue marble, we will need to grow outward. May God be with the families of the crew. Steve
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Old 02-01-2003, 12:26 PM
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Sad days like this are the ones that are the most memorable. When you think of all the launches there were that went well, you know the program is a success. But when something of this magnitude happens, it's horrifying. Our hearts go out to the loved ones left behind.

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Old 02-01-2003, 04:24 PM
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Beautiful Chuck.
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Old 02-01-2003, 04:53 PM
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that's extremely sad news to hear today! very nice and fitting tribute chuck. I feel for all of the families of the astronauts.

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Old 02-01-2003, 04:54 PM
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You don't have to be an American to feel the tragedy, the loss of these brave people makes it a sad day for the whole world. my deepest sympathies to you all.

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Old 02-01-2003, 06:53 PM
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As an American, I know we all feel the loss and appreciate all the kind words from around the world. But let's also remember the first Israeli astronaut, Ilan Ramon and Kalpana Chawla, who immigrated from one of India's poorest villages. The world has lost our best and brightest.
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