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2005-Feb-01, 12:29 PM
Two years ago this morning Columbia STS-107 broke up over the southwest USA.

Rest in peace

Rick D. Husband, Commander
William C. McCool, Pilot
Michael P. Anderson, Payload Commander
David M. Brown, Mission Specialist 1
Kalpana Chawla, Mission Specialist 2
Laurel Blair Salton Clark, Mission Specialist 4
Ilan Ramon, Payload Specialist 1

NASA's Columbia (http://www.nasa.gov/columbia/home/index.html) page.

2005-Feb-01, 12:32 PM
:( :( :(

2005-Feb-01, 04:22 PM
I was hiking in the Sandia mountains (adjacent to Albuquerque) that day. Columbia passed directly overhead. I remember hearing the muffled sonic boom, but didn't know anything was wrong until later that day when I got home.

I wonder; had I looked up through the trees, if I would have seen any sign of trouble.

:( :( :(

2005-Feb-01, 07:55 PM
I was working that weekend on some drawings and thought I'd take a break to watch the landing. I heard the early reports of lost communication and that it was overdue for landing. Then came the first views of two distinct fireballs inbound and it hit right then that another one was gone.

I didn't care about the screwed up CNN banner or the talking heads rattling meaningless platitudes. Watching the pieces of the orbiter and waiting for some word from NASA about what happened was painful enough.

I have my doubts and uncertainties about the space shuttles, but underlying that, there is the unwavering belief that even in the face of death, the march forward must continue. We cannot play it safe, safety is stagnation. We cannot settle for what has been accomplished and say "enough". There is never "enough", "enough" signifies the end of willingness to put forward effort, and is another path to stagnation.

Risk is a part of their business. They accept it when they sign on. Regardless of the safety record of any space vehicle, the idea of strapping yourself into the nose (or, in the case of the shuttle, onto the back of) a roman candle carries with it the understanding that anything that can go wrong, at some point will. After the incident involving the Challenger, there was an understanding that the changes invoked were not going to solve every problem that could happen, but allow us to move forward, wiser and more aware of the limits we had to respect. Making the changes we knew we could make to try and prevent another disaster from happening the same way.

When, for the second time in its career, Discovery takes its crew back into space after a disastrous loss, there will still be risk involved. A price paid, a lesson learned, a ship we pray that will be more spaceworthy than it was before. We owe it to the crew of Columbia both to continue forward with our quests spaceward, but to never forget what it was that ended their lives, so that when the shuttles fly again, those hard lessons are put to practice and the opportunity for risk to enter the scene has one more doorway closed to it.

2005-Feb-02, 03:18 AM
There was a nice tribute cartoon in the editorial section of the newspaper today, done by Jeff Parker (http://www.unitedmedia.com/editoons/parker/archive/parker-20050131.html)

2005-Feb-02, 03:42 AM
I was at KSC 2-2-03, somber. But I needed to go.

2005-Feb-02, 01:50 PM
There was a nice tribute cartoon in the editorial section of the newspaper today, done by Jeff Parker (http://www.unitedmedia.com/editoons/parker/archive/parker-20050131.html)