One year ago...

maccool

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One year ago...

Do you remember where you were? Do you remember how you felt?

On 1 Feb., 2003 the space shuttle Columbia broke up as it re-entered our atmosphere. There was a lot of spirited discussion here and in our daily interactions with people.

I think that it might be neato if y'all would take a moment today to think about the family and co-workers of the Columbia crew. And maybe reflect on the sacrifices that are occasionally made for the advancement of all of us. Thanks for reading.

The crew:
commander Rick D. Husband; pilot William C. McCool; payload commander Michael P. Anderson; mission specialists David M. Brown, Kalpana Chawla and Laurel Clark; Ilan Ramon (the first astronaut from Israel).
 

Corneo

Diabloii.Net Member
I remember I got up and read the news and found out through that. I remember coming into OTF and some one posting a thread about let's remember the Columbia crew. I remember one poster's reply was that what makes the Columbia crew more special than the average Joe who dies in a hit and run leaving a wife and kids. A bunch of people jumped on this poster and chewed him out.
 

swami

Banned
Corneo said:
I remember I got up and read the news and found out through that. I remember coming into OTF and some one posting a thread about let's remember the Columbia crew. I remember one poster's reply was that what makes the Columbia crew more special than the average Joe who dies in a hit and run leaving a wife and kids. A bunch of people jumped on this poster and chewed him out.
it was PLF, no? :xflash:
 

LunarSolaris

Diabloii.Net Member
Either way, thanks Mac for posting a memorial. I think that it's good to remember those that have risked much to forge forward. Honoring the crew of the Columbia is good.
 

Akira

Member
i think i remember Freet coming into chat from a smoke-break to tell us he saw this first hand.
 
I was sitting on my couch watching T.V. when there was a sudden news break. I then came on the forums and posted for a bit.


I was about to post something a little bit like this after seeing the memorial show at the SuperBowl.
 

DurfBarian

Diabloii.Net Member
I remember Freet's post. He saw the debris overhead in the Texas sky.

I remember thinking that no human had ever died going at a faster speed (relative to Earth, anyway).

I remember the drama played out on Ebay, where people were stupid enough to try to sell "GENUWIEN PARTS OF SHUTEL" even as the government announced the huge fines for doing so.
 

Nword

Banned
asdf said:
it's already been a year? o_O
wow...
Ya.... amazing...

I just know it was a saturday, so I was either shooting my bow, sleeping in, or playing computer...

I didn't feel much for the people... I just felt the "who ^&#$ed up?!?!" and damaged NASA even more...

ya, i'm unpatriotic like that :(
 

piff

Diabloii.Net Member
I don't want to sound heartless, but I remember how I felt. I felt that it is the cost of discovery. Stuff like this happens, and people die for a cause greater than any group of people. I felt bad for the families, and I wished all who knew them well, but there's a cost for exploration.
 

Nword

Banned
piff said:
I don't want to sound heartless, but I remember how I felt. I felt that it is the cost of discovery. Stuff like this happens, and people die for a cause greater than any group of people. I felt bad for the families, and I wished all who knew them well, but there's a cost for exploration.
Hmmm, a much better job at voicing what I felt... The blow to me was the attack the media/dead people brought against exploration.
 

AeroJonesy

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I remember wondering if I'd be willing to take that risk if I could ever get accepted into the astronaut program. And I remember deciding I would. I wondered what the families must have been feeling watching their loved ones die in an accident like that. And I remember hoping that the astronauts died doing what they loved, and that they wouldn't have wanted to give their life for anything less.
 
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