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#1 Enmar

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Posted 01 February 2003 - 09:42 AM

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#2 DWF

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Posted 01 February 2003 - 09:52 AM

I'm watching it now, eerie considering we were just talking about the Challenger accident. :(  :(
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#3 Bad Wolf

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Posted 01 February 2003 - 09:55 AM

They are saying there's footage of a break up in the atmosphere.

Dammit.

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Posted 01 February 2003 - 10:38 AM

I was talking to my brother in Florida.  He's been into the space program since he was a kid and he said re-entry is the second riskiest part of any mission.  The first being the launch.  So, they coul have come in at the wrong angle or pilot error or any number of things.

I doubt it's terrorism since I doubt terrorists have the brain power to do anything like this.  It's just a really bad accident.  And that really sucks.

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#5 Evee

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Posted 01 February 2003 - 10:42 AM

Oh damn.  I hoped we'd never see this again. :(   Thoughts and prayers to the families.  Damn.

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Posted 01 February 2003 - 11:05 AM

Oh no!  That's terrible. :(
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Posted 01 February 2003 - 11:07 AM

Here in Houston the space program has always been a bing part of our consciousness.

MY heart goes out to those families gathered in Flordia to meet their loved ones.

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#8 JustMe

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Posted 01 February 2003 - 11:42 AM

This is such horribly sad news.  Thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the astronauts.

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Posted 01 February 2003 - 11:49 AM

They are announcing the crew as casualties. They broke up at 200,000 feet, and apparently they are not expecting any survivors.

not surprising, but  :(

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#10 QueenTiye

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Posted 01 February 2003 - 12:09 PM

OMG!  I haven't turned the t.v. on all day... thanks for the update... going now...

:(

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#11 Taryn Wander'r

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Posted 01 February 2003 - 12:43 PM

Good karma for the families and friends of the astronauts. :(

It's a sad day for space enthusiasts. :(


#12 Godeskian

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Posted 01 February 2003 - 12:55 PM

A sad day for everyone

I've lit a candle for the families of these 7 people

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#13 Qwerty

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Posted 01 February 2003 - 01:33 PM

They just announced in a news conference that there appears to be no survivors.

Dammit.  :(

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#14 sargemom

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Posted 01 February 2003 - 01:46 PM

Saw this on AOL...got the TV on now.... :(
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#15 Godeskian

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Posted 01 February 2003 - 01:49 PM

not surprising qwerty, sad, but given the hight and speed when it happened, it just isn't that surprising

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#16 Bad Wolf

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Posted 01 February 2003 - 01:54 PM

I was hoping.

But I guess not.

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Posted 01 February 2003 - 01:56 PM

There is no contingency for that sort of thing

I heard that they suggested HALO equipment after challenger because the crew of challenger survived for a while after the thing broken up.

If they could get out of the craft (through a side hatch that could be blown) a halo shute might help,

b ut frankly, givwen how quickly these things happen, i'm not sure that it makes sense

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Posted 01 February 2003 - 02:01 PM

I know that it was basically impossible for anyone to survive, but it was that little bit of hope that one alwways holds on to that maybe there was a chance to survive.  :(

Makes you wonder if the risk is really worth it, doesn't it?

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Posted 01 February 2003 - 02:05 PM

I'd intended to do a "Hi I'm new here" post but it seems out of place today.

My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the crew.

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Posted 01 February 2003 - 02:26 PM

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