[LINK] Shuttle crash

Ann Moffatt annm@exocat.com.au
Sun, 2 Feb 2003 10:13:27 +1000


the article posted by stephen stated

"The shuttle was carrying the first Israeli astronaut and six
Americans, and authorities had feared it would be a terrorist
target"

the abc news stated that one of india's top scientists, a woman, was also on
board but that's the only reference i've heard about her!!

has anyone heard?

peace & love

annm
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Stephen Loosley" <stephen@melbpc.org.au>
To: <link@anu.edu.au>
Sent: Sunday, February 02, 2003 1:52 AM
Subject: [LINK] Shuttle crash


>
> A photographer observing the shuttle and filming states
> that the break up was observed over Texas.
>
> http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A10088-2003Feb1.html
>
>  NASA Declares Space Shuttle Emergency
>  By Marcia Dunn
>
>  NASA declared an emergency after losing communication with space
> shuttle Columbia as the ship soared over Texas several minutes
> before its expected landing time Saturday morning.
>
>  The shuttle was carrying the first Israeli astronaut and six
> Americans, and authorities had feared it would be a terrorist
> target.
>
>  Fifteen minutes after the expected landing time, and with no word
> from the shuttle, NASA announced that search and rescue teams were
> being mobilized in Dallas and Fort Worth areas.
>
>  Inside Mission Control, flight controller hovered in front of
> their computers, staring at the screens. The wives, husbands and
> children of the astronauts who had been waiting at the landing
> strip were gathered together by NASA and taken to separate place.
>
>  Columbia was at an altitude of 200,700 feet over north-central
> Texas at a 9 a.m., traveling at 12,500 mph when mission control
> lost contact and tracking data.
>
>  NASA, while not saying the shuttle had exploded, broken up or
> crashed, warned that any debris found in the area should be avoided
> and could be hazardous. There were reports of debris seen falling.
>
>  In 42 years of human space flight, NASA has never lost a space
> crew during landing or the ride back to orbit. In 1986, space
> shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after liftoff.
>
>  Security had been tight for the 16-day scientific research mission
> that included the first Israeli astronaut.
>
>  Ilan Ramon, a colonel in Israel's air force and former fighter
> pilot, became the first man from his country to fly in space, and
> his presence resulted in an increase in security, not only for
> Columbia's Jan. 16 launch, but also for its landing. Space agency
> officials feared his presence might make the shuttle more of a
> terrorist target.
>
>  On launch day, a piece of insulating foam on the external fuel
> tank came off during liftoff and was believed to have struck the
> left wing of the shuttle.
>
>  Leroy Cain, the lead flight director in Mission Control, had
> assured reporters Friday that engineers had concluded that any
> damage to the wing was considered minor and posed no safety hazard.
> --
>
> Cheers all ..
> Stephen Loosley
> Melbourne Australia
>
>
>
>
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