February 1, 2003

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Kosher Larry, Feb 1, 2010.

  1. Kosher Larry

    Kosher Larry MWAG

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    Today marks the 7th anniversary of the loss of Space Shuttle Columbia. My wife and I went to the liftoff. Somewhere we have an undeveloped roll of film from the launch. I remember being so proud that Israel was making inroads into the space business.

    RIP STS-107

    From Wikipedia:

    Commander: Rick D. Husband, a U.S. Air Force colonel and mechanical engineer, who piloted a previous shuttle during the first docking with the International Space Station (STS-96).

    Pilot: William C. McCool, a U.S. Navy commander

    Payload Commander: Michael P. Anderson, a U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel and physicist who was in charge of the science mission.

    Payload Specialist: Ilan Ramon, a colonel in the Israeli Air Force and the first Israeli astronaut.

    Mission Specialist: Kalpana Chawla, an Indian-born aerospace engineer on her second space mission.

    Mission Specialist: David M. Brown, a U.S. Navy captain trained as an aviator and flight surgeon. Brown worked on a number of scientific experiments.

    Mission Specialist: Laurel Clark, a U.S. Navy captain and flight surgeon. Clark worked on a number of biological experiments.
     
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  2. Dalton Wayne

    Dalton Wayne Epic mustache Millennium Member

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    RIP guys and gal's lost in the space program, you couldn't pay me enough to do that job.
    Regards
    DW
     

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    I still remember feeling the explosion and going outside wondering what was going on..Then looking up and seeing the streaks in the sky... A sad day..
     
  4. Kosher Larry

    Kosher Larry MWAG

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    Like a lot of kids, I grew up dreaming about being an astronaut. It never happened, as it fails to happen for most. I've been content in my adult years to remain an ardent fan and supporter of the space program. One of the coolest things about living in Central Florida is having the ability to go see the launches in person. I've been to well over two dozen and it doesn't get old. I'm going next weekend to the last ever night launch. I'll put up pictures when I get back.

    I still can't believe I watched them go up and they didn't make it back.
     
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    7 years but I know what you mean.

    I was on the other side of the planet in Germany and thought the person who told me was kidding.
     
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    the iceman Proud Veteran CLM

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    The explosion was that big that you could feel it on the ground?
     
  7. jhall

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    Yeah.. This is from Wiki.. I'm in Tyler..

    9:05 – Residents of north central Texas, particulary near Tyler, reported a loud boom, a small concussion wave, smoke trails and debris in the clear skies above the counties east of Dallas.
     
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    I lived at Edwards AFB in the early 80's and would have attended the Challenger landing had it happened. That was to be the last landing while I was in CA. I have been to the Cape a few times but never managed to see a launch while I was there, they were always delayed. I did see one launch from a couple of hours away, but not the same thing by any means.

    ETA: I still remember watching the Challenger launch on tv and seeing things go wrong.
     
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  9. Kosher Larry

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    I've heard the same thing from friends of mine that live in TX. What was actually heard was a bunch of sonic booms from each individual fragment that. On a normal reentry, we get the sonic boom here in Orlando as the shuttle passes overhead.
     
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    I'm jealous. I would love to see a launch in person, especially a night launch.. I wish I could swing a quick trip to FL this weekend..lol
     
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    Yeah, several sonic booms I guess. I just distinctly remember feeling and hearing it and knowing it was out of the ordinary.
     
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    It's absolutely surreal. The sky is pitch black. Then you see some orange from the main engines starting at T-6.6 seconds. Then at T-0, when the boosters fire, it's like a massive, violent sunrise. The sky actually turns blue. It's that bright. I promise pics if they get her up this weekend.
     
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    I remember I was getting ready for work and had the TV on and just happened to stop on the NASA channel. I remember watching the shuttle as it was reentering and the moment when they had it on camera and then you just saw multiple streaks. I was like what the **** just happened. Then I saw the guys in the control center looking at the monitors and then around then back at the monitors. It was just the silence (more than usual) on the NASA channel, and the looks on the peoples faces in the control center that I will not forget.
     
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    I had the opportunity to do some work at the Boeing facility that builds and refurbishes the Space Shuttle Main Engines. Really cool gents let me stand in an engine bell and took me up top to see the engine's inner workings. I saw a Champion spark plug in the engine and asked the mechanic WTF are these plugs that would be used in an auto? He said that those cost $1000.00 each. Identical to an auto plug, but these go under stringent tests and QA at Champion.
     
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    JethroXP Good with a gun

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    I suppose there is no lack of bitter irony that this dreadful anniversary coincides with Obama's decision to cancel the Space Shuttle's replacement, along with the vehicle that would have returned men to the moon.
     
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    Wow, that just blows my mind!
     
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    OP- Thanks for posting this.
     
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    Growing up in Central Florida, you have a special connection to the Space Program.

    I've lived here....for MANY years, and seen many changes in the space program. I was a young girl here when Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon. I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing...who I was with, when we all sat glued to the television watching that moment in history unfold.

    I'll never forget when the Challenger exploded. Our world in Central Florida stood still that week. We took it personally. So many people that we knew were directly related to NASA. It was our tragedy.

    We all felt the same way with the Columbia. It was not too long after the anniversary of the Challenger.

    I don't like Shuttle launches in cold weather...January. The loss...the memory is still to vivid.

    All of our neighbors meet out on our street to watch each shuttle go up...we can see it from our front yards. We all may still be startled by the sonic booms...depending on if it lands the first time it was suppose to...but it only takes a second to remember and whisper a prayer of thanks that they are home...safe and sound!

    Most of us are huge supporters of the space program. It's been a part of us for as long as we can remember. It's our family and we are proud of it!

    We've lost great people....it'd be sad to not continue the exploration and journey!
     
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  19. Kosher Larry

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    You're very welcome. It was the least I could do to honor them as best I could.
     
  20. Kosher Larry

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    Glad to know I'm not the only one. You said it best. That shuttle is OUR bird. It's part of our identity.