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The lost Shuttle

February 1 2003 at 6:51 AM
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Subj: Dawn
Date: 2/1/2003 9:39:04 AM Eastern Standard Time
From: Kidasher
To: Dawn.Rogers@


Many years ago, you were the one to call me at Truman Hospital, to inform me of the space shuttle's loss. You knew how it would affect me....and broke it to me gently.

I am here at the condo in Florida, watching AND LISTENING to my laptop.....NASA TV....listening to the earth to shuttle communications....LIVE..... waiting to walk outside and look up...see them streaking overhead and hear the sonic boom.......when it soon became clear......they...the shuttle... weren't answering ....suddenly.

I knew. I knew right away....long before they began showing the pictures. It jolted me back to my call room.....as you and I were on the phone....so many years ago.

You and I will take this just as hard, as we did then.

love, Sandy

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A Sad Event

February 1 2003, 7:58 AM 

At least you don't have to hear or see the debris...I'm just a bit too far south for it to have actually woken me itself, but the news woke me moments after communications loss with the report that the shuttle was missing and apparently exploded according to witness accounts. The last time the news woke me like this, it was the WTC, but that didn't bother me as much as this, since the WTC was a continent away. In this case, it happened all but in my backyard (no pun, just the figure of speech). I didn't even know it would be re-entering over TX or I probably would have been out hoping for a tiny glimpse of it. I have heard from a local news channel that there have been uncomfirmed reports from viewers that they were able to see it, and this is some 180 miles SW of where it happened. This is very sad indeed.

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What?! Again?! OMG!!!

February 1 2003, 10:08 AM 

I'm getting this horrible de-ja-vu..all over again...

I **still** remember the OTHER one many years ago, in January 1986 when the Challenger exploded, taking 7 lives...especially that of a schoolteacher, Christina McAuliffe. I took that loss very hard.

How sad to lose another 7 member of the shuttle crew...let's hope for the sake of the families/friends, that it's just an old shuttle that fell apart, and not from a terrorist attack.

Thanks for letting us know, Kid...


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Still Unknown

February 1 2003, 10:33 AM 

So far (PST 10:30AM Feb 1, 2003), NASA believes that the Columbia lost attitude about 40 miles up over Texas. Aerodynamics caused the shuttle to break apart. At this time, they do not have positive ideas as to why the shuttle lost its critical flight path. Hopefully, as they have time to review flight recordings and retrieve pieces of the shuttle, they will know for certain.

Until then, we mourn...

The Writer Cat

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The one thing we DO know

February 1 2003, 1:05 PM 

was that it WAS NOT a terrorist action. They were 40 miles up and going at 16-18 times the speed of sound. There is NOTHING that could have touched it there short of a major military piece of ordinence, which would have been visible.

There are clear videos of a large piece of something...light colored so it was off the top half of the craft, coming off before the vehicle apparently started breaking up so the assumption as of now is a catastrophic structural failure....

But terrorism it most assuredly is NOT.

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The poem Buzz Aldrin tried to read....

February 3 2003, 10:55 PM 

this was originally written for the Challenger but a friend discovered that Columbia scanned just as well so I present it in that form...

Buzz Aldrin tried to read it on national television and broke down and couldn't finish it...

Fire In The Sky (words & music: Jordin Kare)

Prometheus, they say, brought god's fire down to man,
And we caught it, tamed it, trained it since our history began.
Now we're going back to heaven just to look him in the eye,
And there's a thunder 'cross the land, and a fire in the sky!

Gagarin was the first, back in nineteen sixty-one,
When like Icarus, undaunted, he climbed to reach the sun.
And he knew he might not make it, for it's never hard to die,
But he lifted off the pad and rode a fire in the sky.

Yet a higher goal was calling, and we vowed to reach it soon,
And we gave ourselves a decade to put fire on the moon.
And Apollo told the world, "We can do it if we try"
For there was one small step, and a fire in the sky.

Now two decades since Gagarin, twenty years to the day,
We've a shuttle named Columbia to open up the way.
Though they say she's just a truck, she's a truck that's aiming high!
See the jets burning. See her fire in the sky.

Yet the gods do not give lightly of the powers they have made
With Columbia and seven once again the price was paid.
For a nation watched her falling and the world could only cry.
And she passed from us in glory, riding fire in the sky.

Now the rest is up to us. There's a future to be won.
We must turn our faces outward. We will do what must be done.
For no cradle lasts forever. Every bird must learn to fly,
And we're going to the stars. See our fire in the sky.

Though we mourn
We shall not falter
See our fire in the sky!

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Wonderful n/t

February 4 2003, 3:39 AM 


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Beautiful. thanks for posting n/t

February 4 2003, 11:43 AM 

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Wow...great poem! n/t

February 4 2003, 6:54 PM 

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