Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Remembering Columbia

January is a hard month for space enthusiasts. Although I missed posting remembrances for the 1967 Appolo Pad Fire (January 27) and the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger explosion (January 28), I tried to honor the astronauts' memories at least in real life. And February is not any easier. Three years ago today, after completing a 16-day mission, the space shuttle Columbia broke up during re-entry, fireballing across the Texan sky, and killing the seven astronauts aboard.
STS-107 Patch
Check out Marianne Dyson's REMEMBER COLUMBIA page. Ms. Dyson is a former NASA flight controller. See also's story and multimedia archive for STS-107 and CNN's timeline of the disaster. Remember the pioneers! They make it look so easy, but every moment of a mission is fraught with great risk, a risk they gladly take again and again.

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