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Shuttle Disaster?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by landsmasher, Feb 1, 2003.

  1. landsmasher

    landsmasher 1/2 ton status

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    Just found out that they lost contact with the shuttle about 20 minutes before they were supposed to land!
     
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    heard the boom but i thought the kids(not mine) were making pipe bombs again.
     
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    JOHNSON SPACE CENTER, Houston, Texas (CNN) -- The space shuttle Columbia, with seven astronauts aboard, broke up as it descended over central Texas Saturday toward a planned landing at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

    Police in Nacogdoches, Texas, reported "numerous pieces of debris" both inside the city limits and in Nacogdoches County.

    "Information is really sketchy," Det. Greg Sowell said. "We want people to stay away, because some of it could be toxic."

    Sowell said officers and city and county employees were being dispatched to stand by the debris until the arrival of FBI and NASA representatives.

    Residents as far east as Shreveport, Louisiana, reported seeing and feeling an apparent explosion.

    Search-and-rescue teams from the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, area were alerted and residents were urged to stay away from any possible debris from the shuttle, which may be hazardous, said NASA public affairs officer James Hartfield.

    Shuttle commander Rick D. Husband, pilot William C. McCool, payload commander Michael P. Anderson, mission specialists David M. Brown, Kalpana Chawla and Laurel Clark and Israel's first astronaut, Ilan Ramon, were on board.

    President Bush was briefed at Camp David, Maryland, and was planning to cut short his stay at the retreat and return to the White House.


    The administration was preparing to convene a "domestic event" conference among all domestic and military agencies that may be involved in the next step.

    An administration official said the shuttle's altitude -- over 200,000 feet -- made it "highly unlikely" that the shuttle fell victim to a terrorist act.

    "We have no information at this time that indicates that this was a terrorism incident," said Gordon Johndroe, press secretary for the Department of Homeland Security. "Obviously, the investigation is just beginning, but that is what we know now."

    Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge went to the White House shortly after hearing the report.

    NASA officials said they last had contact with the shuttle about 9 a.m. EST, and it had been expected to touch down at about 9:16 a.m. EST.

    Video of the shuttle tracking over Dallas showed multiple vapor trails, but NASA spokesman Kyle Herring said it was too early to determine the source.

    Steve Petrovich, a police officer in Palestine, Texas, said he heard "a rumble and boom" at about 8 a.m. CDT (9 a.m. EST).

    Jim Hubbs of New Boston, Texas, said he heard police discussing over a police scanner "a smoking object going southeast" that disappeared in the Bowie County area near the Arkansas state line.

    Amy Townsend, of Carthage, said she heard a loud boom that shook her house. She said there were two or three loud noises that lasted about a minute and that she saw a cloud of smoke outside her house.

    Don Farmer of Lufkin, outside of Dallas, said he heard loud noises that lasted for 10 to 15 seconds. The noise sounded like dynamite exploding, and he thought it was an aircraft breaking the sound barrier.

    Dozens of people, including several officers, reported seeing "a ball of fire," Bowie County Sheriff's office dispatcher Jodine Langford said. "They saw it go out and then break into pieces," she said.

    Officials said no tracking data were available.

    Meanwhile, there was no official reaction from the Israeli government to the news that their astronaut was aboard, but a Defense Ministry spokeswoman said, "Like everyone else, we are feeling terrible, hoping the slightest hope that still remains at this stage will become a reality."

    Columbia is the oldest of NASA's shuttle fleet, first launched in 1981. It was on its 28th mission.


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    That's sad....



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    /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif sad,very sad....
     
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    Not a good time for this but then again no time is. However did you know that engineers working for NASA were asked to predict what the chances of a catostrophic disaster in the missions were. They answered 1 mission in 50. This is STS #107 and the 113th flight of a shuttle. The Challenger disaster happened on the 25th mission. Due to the fact that there have been two disasters in 113, the engineers weren't very far off.

    UPDATE

    The news just said that the engineers quoted 1 in 75 missions. I actually talked to one of the engineers and they did quote 1 in 50....
     
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    This SUCKS
    /forums/images/graemlins/mad.gif I don't know what else to say. I remember the first one and now this one. It sucks....
     
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    Whats wierd is Apollo 1 went jan 28 & Challenger went Jan 29th now feb 1st...sounds like a bad time of year to be in space /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif
     
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    I hope this will open some eyes of legislators to see that we are going into space on 20-30 year old technology. Hopefully plans will begin back up on the Scramjet and X-71 to begin to replace the shuttle. I know it cost money but if we've come this far we can keep going.
     
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    That's a very strange coincidence...
     
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    For those of you watching the world news reports on CBS and FOX the guy "Rob Perillo" who has submitted all the video and satellite images is brodcasting and shot video from litterally a tenth mile from my house. Although indoors at 8:00 i was awake and heard not just one boom like usual but multiple booms, like the sonic boom and almost like 5-6pops following it, a cackling in a sense. Very sad after seeing on the news moments later what that sound was.... /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif
     
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    Another sacrifice for the U.S.A.& World. Greater loss for Families whom lost their loved Ones. May they rest in Peace /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif
     
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    I saw a bit on CNN that a showed chunk of insulation from the external fuel tank flying off and hitting the wing as it ascended. They (NASA)reviewed the footage and decided it wasn't anything to worry about. Now I'm not a rocket scientist ( I just play one whenever something like this happens) but I would think that a chunk of debris that glances off the wing of a flying machine hurtling into space at 2000 fps needs more than a conference of engineers on earth to deem it not a big deal. I'm not sure of the specifics but you would at least think a spacewalk to inspect the damage? My wife said "but maybe they didnt have a spacewalk suit for this mission". Why wouldn't they? They're in outer space, they oughto have the kitchen sink in that shuttle. Any other thoughts or opinions on this? God Bless Them , by the way /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif
     
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    god bless them and there families and now a moment of silence for them ...................................
     
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    /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif God bless the crew and their families...........
     
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    This is a tragic day for everyone. Things like this just are never expected, especially with today's advanced technology. May God be with the families of all involved.
     
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    its horrible....there is really nothing i can say... /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif
     

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