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It happened so fast. I was listening to the local news on the radio and stopped to go into the bank. I was in there all of 5 minutes adn when I came back out and got in the truck, the man on the radio was saying something about the Columbia disaster. I quickly hit the SEEK button to find a news station and heard all about it. I didn't start crying though until I got to the house and turned on CNN. It's been a strange day watching it all unfold. I go to cleanse now and then to meditate and pray for the souls to make an easy transition and to send comfort to the families left behind.




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Feb. 1st, 2003 08:28 pm (UTC)
I've hit the numb stage. The space program has always been my symbol of Hope For Humanity's Future. My only hope now is that I don't turn on the tv fifteen years later and find out they didn't die instantly.
Feb. 1st, 2003 09:24 pm (UTC)
Of course there is the possibility they realized at the last minute something was wrong. I think the fact they are finding body parts, helmets and uniform pieces among the wreckage demonstrates that the crew cabin held together for longer than they thought. Otherwise at Mach 18 and 3000 degrees, I would think they would have been incinerated instantly. The good thing is they are no longer in pain. They were talking contingency plans for the Space Station all day. Discovery was supposed to go up March 1 to re-supply the Space Station. They said that if that was not possible then they do have enough supplies to last until June. Failing everything else, the Russians could go up and help out. And in the event they needed to get back quickly, there is a Soyuz re-entry capsule permanently docked to the Space Station that could bring them all home. We do need to hold things long enough that this can be looked at and if something on the other shuttles needs fixing, we need to take care of it. I don't think the program will be down as long as it was (2 years) after Challenger though. Our technology for reconstructing things and gathering forensic evidence is much improved since then. By the way, I was in a bar in Red River NM when Challenger went. I was trying to get the bartender to sell me a drink even though I was underage (20) when we saw it on TV.

Feb. 2nd, 2003 09:25 am (UTC)
Yeah, the space station is the best hope for keeping the program going. As well as the Russians, I think there are a couple of cosmonauts up there right now. I heard on the radio this morning that future launches are on hold until they figure out what went wrong, which is as it should be. But not for 2 years.

As for Challenger, I was learning the letter R when that went up. I'll go on and on about that later.
Feb. 1st, 2003 08:30 pm (UTC)
May your compassion and kindness be returned to you ten-fold.
Thank you for being a caring, loving individual. :)
Feb. 1st, 2003 09:14 pm (UTC)
You too love, you too.

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