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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 1:52 am

Just read the topic in which the arrival of the mission was being announced. Goosebumps...  Sad

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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 1:54 am

It's especially curious as to why this happened on re-entry and not on launch. The shuttle is simply a glider during re-entry. No boosters, rockets, etc.
I'm not suggesting terrorism, it is just a strange line of events.

God keep their families.
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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 1:54 am

Some of you are talking about the end of the shuttle program with this tragedy. I think it may deal a serious setback to US Manned Spaceflight. In the very least, the "Teacher in Space" program that NASA had been talking of reviving is going to be killed, yet again.


I think if subsequent investigations find that there was a safety flaw, or even a design flaw that may have resulted in the debris that came off the shuttle on liftoff, like they're talking about on TV, there's going to be a huge NASA overhaul. It may be years before the astronaut program is revived. Who knows? They really can't fly with only two shuttles... I suppose they COULD if they had to, but that would place a lot of stress (and compromise safety) on the crews that are in charge of doing the turnarounds.
 
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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 1:56 am

oops.. factual error in my last post. They now have 3 shuttles in the fleet. But it would increase the turnaround stress.
 
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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 2:03 am

Just saw footage of mission control: all maps/notes/printouts (all available data basically) are being put into large cardboard boxes, so nothing gets lost. I suppose all this data will be stored somewhere for further investigation.

I also saw on one of the screens the glideslope of the shuttle. Apparantly, the shuttle did enter the Earth's atmosphere under a good glideslope angle. To those who don't know: if a spacecraft enters under a glideslope that's too high (i.e. too steep), it'll burn. If it enters under a glideslope that's too low, it will get bumped back into space. Both 'edges' of the glideslope (about 2° if I'm correct) were projected on the screen and the shuttle's effective glideslope was right in between those two. So nothing abnormal from that part...

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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 2:03 am

In The Space Shuttle Operations Manual, it explains that between 312,000-180,000ft a communications blackout phase occurs between the shuttle and the ground, due to the super heated air around the shuttle being stripped of electrons, thus blocking all radio communications. Maximum heating occurs between 230-180 thousand feet, precisly where the shuttle was when it broke up. At this point the exterior temperature reaches almost 2,800 degrees F, or 1,500 Celsius.
So, a loss of radio-comm with the shuttle would be entirley normal during this phase.

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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 2:05 am

This is obviously a tragic day for America and for the space program. I was in kindergarden when the Challenger was lost in 1986. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the heroes lost over northeast Texas this morning.
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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 2:06 am

Just saw the news, god bless all these people!
 
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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 2:11 am

The Debris Field is going to cover at least three, perhaps four states. Fox News (FNC) is reporting that the shuttle may actually have begun broken up before it reached the 207,000 feet altitude where NASA was previously reporting.

There is no crash site. Like all mid-air breakups, there will be a debris field covering a large area (as stated before, 3-4 states).

Nocagdoches airport had a 5-foot (2.6 meter) diameter tank land on its runway. They put it on a pickup truck and took it away. Does not appear to be a fuel tank (sounds like an O2 tank IMHO).

Our hearts and prayers go out to the families...
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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 2:12 am

For the record, its Nacogdoches
 
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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 2:13 am

I spoke with family in Lufkin, Texas (120 miels north of Houston) and in Nacogdoches (15 miles north of Lufkin, pron'd 'Naca- doe- ches'). They heard a loud 'boom' many people there saw the debris. My cousin in College at SF Austin Univ. in Nacogdoches says debris is everywhere. The town is shutdown, and the National Guard has been to called to watch debris.

I haven't been able to talk to my aunt back in Houston at JSC-Mission Control.
I know the Clear Lake area of Houston where most the astronauts live is a tight community, the pictures show the grim looks on everyones faces.

God Bless them all.

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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 2:15 am

Very sad day  Sad . Hopefully, this will tragedy will teach our government that we can still not experience space safely with manned exploration flights. It is too dangerous.
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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 2:18 am

What makes me sick is how you never hear a peep from the media when a shuttle is launched or is in orbit. The only time they cover the shuttle is when something like this happens. Angry
 
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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 2:19 am

I live in central Florida, and used to watch the Apollo rockets fly over my house. I am still as enamored with space exploration as I was then, and I just can't believe it. As dangerous as it is, you don't like to think tragedies like this can happen. It seems so routine nowadays. I'm beginning to stop thinking of it like that, however.

It's funny, but after challenger, the shock for me isn't so strong. When challenger blew up, I walked out the back door of the radio station where I was working, and thought the contrail looked unusual, but didn't think anything of it. When I walked back inside, and heard that it had exploded, it was absolutely unbelievable for me.

Of course, you don't realize how tremendously powerful these rockets are until you stand three miles from the launch pad during a liftoff, and feel the pressure from the rocket engines. The noise and intense sound waves really grab you that far from the pad, so I can't even imagine what it's like onboard. TV doesn't even do justice to the launches. It gives you no idea of what it's like when you're really there. The closest I can come to describing it is, next time you watch a launch on television, crank the volume up to the point where you can barely hold a conversation with the person standing next to you.

Anyway, I pray for the astronauts' families, and hope they can hold up through all this.
 
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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 2:21 am

I will acceed that terrorism is not the likely cause of this incident. The United States is the only nation on earth capable of shooting down an object moving at 12500 miles per hour and an altitude of 200,000 feet.

However, if some idiot got into the right place with a clean background check, he or she could put something very destructive on board the shuttle, set to go off during reentry when it would look like an accident.

I'M NOT SAYING THAT HAPPENED. I'm just saying that it is possible.

The Isreali who was on board was one of the pilots involved with the 1981 raid on Iraq's nuclear reactor. That's a remarkable coincidence.

And yes, for those of you who have been saying the shuttle was moving at 12000 miles per hour, you are correct. The shuttle was 17 minutes from landing and about 1500-1800 miles away from Cape Kennedy. If it were traveling at 1200 miles per hour, it would have taken over an hour to reach Florida. Please don't discount someone's facts for your own before you do your basic math.
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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 2:21 am

At least there wasn't quite as large of an amount of hypergolic fuel on board as there would be in a launch.

Does anyone remember the sort of ruddy brown-colored cloud surrounding the wreckage of Challenger?
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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 2:22 am

Hopefully, this will tragedy will teach our government that we can still not experience space safely with manned exploration flights. It is too dangerous.

Jcs, did the pioneers who headed west turn back because "it's too dangerous", when hearing of other pioneers killed by snowstorms, or Indians, or sickness? No, they went forward.

Did we stop trying to fly whenever someone took off in an experimantal aircraft and lost their lives? No, we went forward.

Do we stop exploring space because of 3 fatal accidents in 36 years? No we don't, we go forward. You don't stop because of 3 fatal accidents since 1967, and you don't let it deter you from breaking the confines of this planet, and learning and growing.

Had we said "it's too dangerous", everytime mankind was confronted with something unpleasant, we'd still be living in caves, and wearing loincloths.
 
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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 2:22 am

I want to strangle Bill Barrows now.

He is some space expert they where interviewing on NBC.

He had to bring up the fact that he feels that the astronauts, 'felt it'


Damm it there are family watching that show, he doesn't need to say that.
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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 2:23 am

The media was taping this shuttle at 200,000 feet. I think they were giving it coverage...
 
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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 2:24 am

Terror seems a very unlikely cause to me, due to the fact that it DOES look like an accident and no one's claiming responsibility.

It seems the point of terror attacks is to make it KNOWN which organization is responsible.

It's still too early to discount anything, however...

wow. I live in Jacksonville and was just getting ready to go outside to hear the sonic boom when i turned on the news...
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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 2:26 am

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God guard and guide us as we fly
Through the great spaces of the sky;
Be with us as we take to air
In morning light and sunshine fair.
Eternal Father, strong to save,
Give us courage and make us brave;
Protect us whereso'er we go,
From shell and flak and fire and foe.
Most loved member of our crew.
Ride with us up in the blue.
Direct our bombs upon the foe
But shelter those whom Thou dost know.
Keep us together on our way,
Grant our work success today.
Deliver us from hate and sin,
And bring us safely down again.
O God protect us as we fly
Through lonely ways across the sky.

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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 2:26 am

Very sad day . Hopefully, this will tragedy will teach our government that we can still not experience space safely with manned exploration flights. It is too dangerous.

I hope you aren't advocating the end of all manned space exploration? Robots can only do so much...if we are ever going to get to Mars or beyond - the flights will eventually be manned. There will always be death with exploration - there was with flight, sea, and land exploration. If the threat of death isn't respected on accepted...then we are doomed to live sheltered lives and never find out what else is out there - who we are, are we unique, why are we here...etc.
 
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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 2:28 am

ABCnews had a shot of the weather radar image over the area when the explosion happened.

Just this long ever widening streak of orange heading out over Texas and Louisiana.
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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 2:29 am

UAL Bagsmasher, I understand why you're upset. I used to work in the media, and space exploration becomes so routine, that no one winds up talking about it at the news coverage meetings.

However, I used to work at a television station where we covered every launch and landing from beginning to end...wall-to-wall, no matter what mission it was.

We even sent two anchors to KSC to cover it, every time. But none of the other stations in the market where I live do extensive coverage like that.
 
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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 2:31 am

I am at home this weekend and called my friend Dave at western and he is in contact with his brother who is a computer programmer/specialist for NASA and worked on the Columbia flight. I'll post details when i can.

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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 2:31 am

JBirdAV8r:

Remember, no one took credit for 9/11 or the USS Cole.

I seem to remember back in 1996 or 97 that Al Gore talked about "Faster, Cheaper, Better". I think Cheaper may be coming back to haunt us.

Really, NASA's budget, as a government entity, is not all that large, and spaceflight is the most dangerous thing that human beings have yet engaged in (aside from nuclear arms production). It seems to me we should spend *more* money on spaceflight, not less........
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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 2:38 am

With smaller debris taking a while to float down, what's the likely impact on commercial aviation in the area - what's the potential danger of debris ingestion by jet engines?
 
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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 2:40 am

Thats a huge disaster.I feel terribly sorry about the victims and familes.May all R.I.P
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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 2:41 am

Here's a radar loop showing the debris

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/radar/loop/ds.p20-r/si.kshv.shtml
 
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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 2:46 am

Good point, Elwood...

However, they were both fairly spectacular/dramatic events that left pretty much no doubt in our heads that it was intentional. I guess that's what I was driving at.
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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 2:59 am

I just woke up. My mom told me what happened...horrible. It looks to be an accident, Somthing going that fast has a VERY SMALL margin of error, how easy would it be able to exceed Vne? VERY EASY.
What I think happened. Slight error in calculation, Angle of attack was slightly high and at that speed- 12,500 mph and that alttitude, 200,000 MSL.
Terrorism...no impossible. the USA is the only country possible of shooting anything that high down

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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 3:00 am

Columbia: a name like Challenger that will forever remind us of the price humankind pays for the development of the never ending exploration of space.


My deepest and most sincere condolences to the NASA family, The Israeli family and the immediate families of those who have persished today aboard Columbia.  Crying


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Sun Feb 02, 2003 3:10 am


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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 3:17 am

India has been sadden also as there was a crew member on the shuttle from India.

India joins Israel and the United States of America and mourns another tradegy.

We pray again for the families of the crew around the world.
 
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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 3:21 am

It makes me think about that nut who was flying around Frankfurt a month ago saying, "I want the world to remember the female Jewish astronaut that died in the space shuttle."

Kind of haunting.
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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 3:25 am

All I want to say is that if you have any faith please pray and ask God that he will be with the friends and relations of the crew.

Thanks
 
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Sun Feb 02, 2003 3:33 am

I was so depressed this morning.

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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 3:34 am


I will acceed that terrorism is not the likely cause of this incident. The United States is the only nation on earth capable of shooting down an object moving at 12500 miles per hour and an altitude of 200,000 feet.


What garbage. No nation is yet able to do that, including the USA

However, if some idiot got into the right place with a clean background check, he or she could put something very destructive on board the shuttle, set to go off during reentry when it would look like an accident.


Remember, no one took credit for 9/11 or the USS Cole.


The Isreali who was on board was one of the pilots involved with the 1981 raid on Iraq's nuclear reactor. That's a remarkable coincidence.


Continuing in the quest of trying to put out the ultimate, most stupid statements possible about a tragedy, regardless of tastelessness or the embarassment of spitting out sheer idiocy, I would like to point out the following even more remarkable coincidences:

a) The first Jewish astronaut died in Challenger
b) the first Israeli astronaut died in Columbia
c) the latter spaceship crashed into Palestine, USA
d) spaceships exploded on Jan 27th 1967, Jan 28th 1986 and Feb 1st 2003

Which leads me to the conclusion
This is a message of God!!!! It reads "Stop slaughtering innocent people, or I shall smite every space-flying oppressor, and stop flying to space in January, when I take my annual shower and do not wish to be seen in the nude!"...


 Yeah sure

Note: This post was of sarcastic nature. I am an atheist. I do not believe these coincidences to mean anything. I merely use this medium to express my disgust at the low quality of some of the posts in this thread, which are an offense to the intellect of anyone who reads them. Yet another low point for the airliners.net forums. I felt shocked and sad to hear the news about the shuttle, but I feel even worse - disappointed and sick, to read the reaction to this tragedy in these forums.

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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 3:38 am

Alpha1, I just feel that the technology is not there to make NASA flights safe enough. I have other reasons for not being a huge fan of the space program, however, out of respect to the victims and their families I do not wish to give my reasons.  Sad
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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 3:43 am

May the seven astronauts of the space shuttle Columbia rest in peace, and I offer sincere condolences to the ones whom they left behind.
 
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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 3:44 am

In an earlier post, I mentioned an apartment fire in Plano, TX that occurred at the time of the tragedy. My daughter has spoken to a friend who escaped the fire. She recounts that the fire happened suddenly, with no smoke detectors going off to warn them, as though the fire had pretty much "landed on them". The friend said everyone there is suspecting debris as the cause, rather than an inherent problem inside one of the units.
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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 3:45 am

I think a piece of the space shuttle landed in my city (Arlington)...I've been hearing sirens all morning.
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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 3:48 am



I put this together, searching various radars in the area.

I pieced it together using my GIF animator.
 
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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 3:51 am

What a terrible tragedy.What about the 3 astronauts on the ISS?Shuttle was suppose to pick them up next month.

Scott
 
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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 3:53 am

*Sigh*

Another tragedy.

I hope all the families will make it through. And also those who had relatives on the Challenger and will no doubtedly have flashbacks of their own relatives and disaster.

 Sad
 
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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 3:54 am

Whats this about something falling off during the departure ?. I saw it on CNN.
 
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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 3:54 am

At 207,000 feet, they weren't 'over' Palestine...they were essentially over a whole quarter of the state of Texas. So let's nix all this 'Palestine' stuff.

The interesting thread is the event that occured on liftoff...the material that fell off and hit the left wing. Some reports are saying it is the left wing that had the initial massive failure today.

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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 3:54 am

There's been military jet fighter activity over Gainesville, FL if my ears and rattling windows are correct, though I have yet to actually see the aircraft. I'm left wondering if this is related, but it may just be a coincidence.

Just to add to that, there was a dinstictive roar and "boom" overhead, not sure exactly when but between 9:15-9:45am EST. Left my window shaking rather significantly.

[Edited 2003-02-01 19:59:14]
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RE: Space Shuttle Columbia Crisis

Sun Feb 02, 2003 3:56 am

What a horrible tragedy...  Sad

There has been some make speculation that the left wing could have played some role in the crash, as it was hit by some insulating foam during take-off. Of course, as many of you have wisely pointed out, it is way too early to jump to any conclusions, and the wing was examined very closely for damage after take-off.

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