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Feb. 1, 2003, 8:22AM

Shuttle disappears over Texas

Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- With security tighter than usual, space shuttle Columbia disappeared over Texas at about 8 a.m. today. No tracking data or communication has been received by Mission Control.

It was at about 207,000 feet, traveling at 12,500 mph over Texas. The shuttle is overdue. It was to land at 8:16 a.m.

It had ended successful 16-day scientific research mission Friday that included the first Israeli astronaut.

The early morning fog burned off as the sun rose, and Mission Control gave the seven astronauts the go-ahead to come home on time. "I guess you've been wondering, but you are 'go' for the deorbit burn," Mission Control radioed at practically the last minute.

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.

"We've taken all reasonable measures, and all of our landings so far since 9-11 have gone perfectly," said Lt. Col. Michael Rein, an Air Force spokesman.

Columbia's crew - Ramon and six Americans - completed all of their 80-plus experiments in orbit. They studied ant, bee and spider behavior in weightlessness as well as changes in flames and flower scents, and took measurements of atmospheric dust with a pair of Israeli cameras.

The 13 lab rats on board - part of a brain and heart study - had to face the guillotine following the flight so researchers could see up-close the effects of so much time in weightlessness. The insects and other animals had a brighter, longer future: the student experimenters were going to get them back and many of the youngsters planned to keep them, almost like pets.

All of the scientific objectives were accomplished during the round-the-clock laboratory mission, and some of the work may be continued aboard the international space station, researchers said. The only problem of note was a pair of malfunctioning dehumidifiers, which temporarily raised temperatures inside the laboratory to the low 80s, 10 degrees higher than desired.

Some of Columbia's crew members didn't want their time in space to end.

"Do we really have to come back?" astronaut David Brown jokingly asked Mission Control before the ride home.

NASA's next shuttle flight, a space station construction mission, is scheduled for March. The next time Columbia flies will be in November, when it carries into orbit educator-astronaut Barbara Morgan, who was the backup for Challenger crew member Christa McAuliffe in 1986.

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02/01/03

NASA loses contact with Columbia as it heads for
touchdown By Haaretz Service and Agencies

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NASA lost contact with the Columbia space shuttle Saturday as it streaked toward a Florida touchdown Saturday to end a successful 16-day scientific research mission that included the first Israeli astronaut, Ilan Ramon.

The last contact with the shuttle was at 4 P.M. Israel time (1400 GMT).

Fearing the worst, NASA ordered flight controllers to pull out emergency procedures and ordered them to retain all their records.

Columbia was aiming for a touch down at 1416 GMT. It was at an altitude of 60,210 meters (200,700 feet), traveling at 20,113 kph (12,500 mph) when mission control lost contact. There was no further communication and no further tracking data.

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 January 16 launch, but also for its landing. Space agency officials feared his presence might make the shuttle more of a terrorist target.

Columbia's crew - Ramon and six Americans - completed all of their 80-plus experiments in orbit. They studied ant, bee and spider behavior in weightlessness as well as changes in flames and flower scents, and took measurements of atmospheric dust with a pair of Israeli cameras.

An Israel Air Force officer, staying at the NASA center in Washington, told Israel Radio on Saturday that the experiment conducted on dust clouds over the Middle East were very successful, and that Ramon and his colleagues managed to photograph dust storms over the Atlantic Ocean.

The officer, identified as M., added that the scientists on board the shuttle photographed "sprites" - flashes of blue and red light seen during lightning storms. It was the first time the phenomena, long disbelieved by scientists, was photographed from space, the officer said.

The 13 lab rats on board - part of a brain and heart study - had to face the guillotine following the flight so researchers could see up-close the effects of so much time in weightlessness. The insects and other animals had a brighter, longer future: the student experimenters were going to get them back and many of the youngsters planned to keep them, almost like pets.

All of the scientific objectives were accomplished during the round-the-clock laboratory mission, and some of the work may be continued aboard the international space station, researchers said. The only problem of note was a pair of malfunctioning dehumidifiers, which temporarily raised temperatures inside the laboratory to the low 80s (high 20s Celsius), 10 degrees (about 5 degrees Celsius) higher than desired.

Some of Columbia's crew members didn't want their time in space to end.

"Do we really have to come back?" astronaut David Brown jokingly asked Mission Control before the ride home.

NASA's next shuttle flight, a space station construction mission, is scheduled for March. The next time Columbia flies will be in November, when it carries into orbit educator-astronaut Ba

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Feb. 1) - NASA lost communication with space shuttle Columbia as the ship soared over Texas several minutes before landing Saturday morning. It wasn't immediately clear if there was a problem with the shuttle.

Fearing the worst, NASA ordered flight controllers to pull out emergency procedures and ordered them to retain all their records.

Columbia was aiming for a touch down at 9:16 a.m.

It was at an altitude of 200,700 feet, traveling at 12,500 mph when mission control lost contact. There was no further communication and no further tracking data.

Reporters at the landing strip were ordered away 7 minutes after the scheduled touchdown with still no sign of the shuttle.

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. NASA said as late as Friday that the damage to the thermal tiles was believed to be minor and posed no safety concern during the fiery decent through the atmosphere.

AP-NY-02-01-03 0926EST

NASA controllers lost contact with the space shuttle Columbia shortly after 9 a.m. ET Saturday morning, as the craft was returning to Florida for a scheduled landing.

Ground-based radar lost contact with the shuttle as it was over Texas, according to NASA, which later declared an emergency.

Video shown on CNN showed the shuttled re-entering the atmostphere over Dallas and multiple streaks were observed shortly after.

CNN is also reporting calls to emergency services reporting a loud impact and search and rescue teams in the Dallas area have been put on alert.

Fearing the worst, NASA ordered flight controllers to pull out emergency procedures and ordered them to retain all their records.

Columbia was aiming for a touch down at 9:16 a.m.

It was at an altitude of about 61,170 metres, travelling at about 20,000 km/h when mission control lost contact. There was no further communication and no further tracking data.

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Posted on Fri, Jan. 31, 2003

Astronauts Aim for Saturday Landing

Associated Press

Space shuttle Columbia's U.S.-Israel crew wrapped up more than two weeks of scientific research in orbit Friday and aimed for a homecoming under heavy security.

Because of the Israeli on board, Ilan Ramon, NASA and the Air Force said security would be tighter than usual for the Saturday morning landing.

"We've taken all reasonable measures, and all of our landings so far since 9-11 have gone perfectly," said Lt. Col. Michael Rein, an Air Force spokesman. "So we're confident with the security in place."

For Columbia's launch on Jan. 16, security was at an all-time high for fear that Ramon's presence would make the shuttle a terrorist target. No security problems were reported.

Ideal weather for the landing was expected.

Ramon, the first Israeli in space, and his six U.S. crewmates successfully completed all of their more than 80 experiments.

The astronauts looked at such things as ant, bee and spider behavior in weightlessness, and changes in flames and flower scents in orbit. They also took measurements of atmospheric dust and collected blood and urine samples.

The only shuttle problem of note was the breakdown of a pair of dehumidifiers that caused the temperature to temporarily shoot up into the low 80s inside the laboratory, a full 10 degrees higher than desired.

"It's kind of with mixed emotions that we get ready to come home," astronaut Michael Anderson told Mission Control late Friday afternoon. "But we have enough fond memories to last us for a lifetime."

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US Space Shuttle Headed Back to Earth
VOA News
01 Feb 2003, 02:18 UTC

The U.S. space shuttle Columbia is headed back to Earth after a 16-day mission in which astronauts conducted a series of around-the-clock experiments.

Columbia, is due to touch down at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Saturday morning local time.

The seven-member crew included the first Israeli in space, Ilan Ramon, and officials say security will be tighter than usual for the landing due to terrorism concerns. The other crew members are American.

The crew completed more than 80 experiments that focused on weightlessness, advanced-technology development, and astronauts' health and safety. Six of the experiments were developed by students in six different countries, including a study on the effects of space flight on the growth of insects.

Columbia is the first shuttle mission in three years to not fly to the International Space Station or the Hubble Space Telescope.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.



Posted on Fri, Jan. 31, 2003

Have You Ever Seen an Elf?

The space shuttle Columbia may carry Israel?s first astronaut, Ilan Ramon, but it also now has the distinction of being the first place where images of an elf were captured on film. No, not the little guys that feature in children?s bedtime stories.

The Environmental News Network (ENN) reported this past week on the exciting results, beamed to earth as part of the experiments being carried out on behalf of Israel on the space shuttle Columbia. ?Israeli scientists...? ENN reported, ?said they have yet to find any dust storms, but are zooming in on thunderstorms with electrifying results.? According to ENN, ?A pair of cameras aboard Columbia have captured video images of an elf ? a luminous red, bagel-shaped electrical phenomenon that occurs above a thunderstorm in less than a millisecond, said Yoav Yair, an atmospheric scientist at the Open University of Israel in Tel Aviv.? The image was serendipitously captured from a South Pacific thunderstorm. In fact, ?it was not until the images were transmitted to Yair and other scientists back on Earth that they realized what they had,? the report said.

Yoav Yair, an atmospheric scientist at the Open University of Israel in Tel Aviv, is quoted by ENN as saying,"It?s causing really great excitement." Speaking from NASA?s payload control center in Greenbelt, Maryland, Yair enthused, "Bingo, we nailed one almost in the first data take. It was amazing." ENN explains the significance of the elves, ?a phenomenon discovered in 1994, the scientists hope to learn more about the mechanics that connect thunderstorms to the ionosphere above. Such knowledge ultimately could have major applications for spacecraft, Yair said.?

Ironically, the purpose of the Israeli observations was to capture data on dust storms, which, according to ENN, will be hard to find, as ?January is one of the worst times to study dust storms over the Mediterranean, the prime area of interest for the researchers.?

Arutz Sheva Israel Broadcasting Network webmaster@israelnationalnews.com


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Get ready for the griefspeak 01.Feb.2003 10:49

Theresa Mitchell

First, if anyone directly connected with the handful of astronauts is reading this, my condolences.

More than six people will die today in the US, as a result of auto accidents, work accidents, wife-beatings, et cetera.

Yet we will be subjected to a vast and powerful media brainwash to force us all, as strangers, to grieve the Shuttle crew. This is griefspeak. Here it comes.

Here's the other side that you won't be hearing: Every time the solid-fuel boosters of the Shuttle launch through the atmosphere, the chlorine and other reactive compounds in the exhaust rip out around 300 tons of ozone. If you think the ozone layer can take this sort of assault, read up on the ozone layer's total weight and do some division. If you do, you will realize that the loss of the Columbia is a great boon to life on Earth.

The shuttle could have been built with all-liquid-fuel boosters but the 'savings' of the cheap solid-fuel boosters were attractive to NASA and Congress.

Secondly, the Israeli astronaut was using a special camera to photograph the Earth. I have no doubt that camera was part of Greater Israel's war effort.

Make sure you're well-protected before you mention this stuff in public--the flag-waving zombies will attack.

T

if they could.. 01.Feb.2003 11:30

mike

if they could get away with blaming it on Saddam, they would. but the shuttle was too high. and who in America shall grieve for the coming slaughter in Iraq, in which the US intends to use experinemtnal nukes for the first time, and who knows what else....certainly not the grieving mainstream tv media.

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should we be doing this anyway? 01.Feb.2003 12:23

not so sure

my first thought upon hearing of the space shuttle is should we be doing these sort of things - shuttling out of the earth in a spaceship that as Theresa as shared is destroying "around 300 tons of ozone".

I think that we may be better off going to space in the form of astral travel, which will elevate us as a species, and cause no ozone destruction or loss of life.

T.Mitchell Sucks 01.Feb.2003 12:23

xxx

> Secondly, the Israeli astronaut was using a special
> camera to photograph the Earth. I have no doubt that
> camera was part of Greater Israel's war effort.

I have no doubt that Theresa Mitchell is a fucking moron whose brain is totally addled by toxic levels of hatred for the U.S.A. and Israel. To use a tragedy like this to push your paranoid political delusions is even further beyond the political pale than creeps like you usually venture.

How can you see to type when your head is so far up your ass?

remembers a spoken word track 01.Feb.2003 12:28

matchboy matchboy@tearitalldown.com

Why I'm glad the space shuttle blew up

No! It wasn't the classroom full of school kids on TV whimpering were in horror, trying to stomach what they've seen on the screen. Each one of them still wearing one of those pointed birthday hats.

No!

Our first reaction at my house when the Challenger did it's thing was each of us daring the other to call up the local media and claim "Ey, we're that legendary Libyan hit-squad you've written so much about. And WE blew up the space shuttle!". Later that night we gave up the idea. Same old excuse, what if we get caught? Sometimes it does make sense to chicken out. Then I found out we were pretty damn lucky. If the Challenger had made it home, things might now be much worse, if we were even still here at all.

Because NASA's plan was to send up the next space shuttle after the Challenger up with 46 lbs. of plutonium.

And if that one had blown up, there'd be enough radiation in the air to cause cancer in as many as five billion people. What's the population of the world, boys and girls?

And it wouldn't all land in one place, either. It slowly goes all over the world. Which may explain why the cancer rate declined steadily in the first half of the century, but has held steady of not grown ever since atomic testing began. How reckless can you get?

How reckless can you get?

Up, up, and away! Launch Star Wars the easy way! Just fire it up into the great beyond and don't tell anybody you put it there. After all, when people don't know what hurts them, they don't care. Just blame the fall out cancer epidemic on Saddam Hussein. And think of all the money people we know and love would make selling "How to cope with cancer"-kits to Martha Stewart people and yuppies.

That's why I'm glad that space shuttle blew up, because if one more had gone up and blown up instead, it might have melted all of us, too.

But did we learn? No. Now I find out that our ever practical and sensible government is at it again. In October 1997, NASA launched from Cape Canaveral the so-called Casini space probe to Saturn. And this one carried 72 lbs. of plutonium. Casini went up on a Lockheed Titan 4 rocket. Some of those rockets that exploded earlier during tests. Thankfully it did not blow up on lift off. But they were a little worried, because the local broadcast in the Cape Canaveral area urged people to shut their windows in case of explosion - they didn't even tell you to duck and cover.

Casini is supposed to have this slingshot maneuver where it was actually launched in the opposite direction opposite Saturn, so it will rocket around Venus twice, and then ricochet and hurdle back towards earth at over 42 000 miles an hour, for a fast and low fly by scheduled at August 16th 1999. It will then use the Earth's orbital pole and gravity to increase the velocity more so it will make it all the way to Saturn. On August 16th 1999, that's when it's scheduled to come back.

Mark your calendars, forget the millenium.

Because one malfunction or miscalculation, that far out in space - aiming at a granule off to the right or to the left one millimeter and you're 75 miles closer to the earth or something like that. After a billion miles in space, if Casini comes too close, it could burn up in our atmosphere and rain 72 lbs. of plutonium all over the earth. One speck of plutonium in your system is enough to give you cancer and kill you. Needless to say, the American people - nor all the other people on Earth who could get killed if the slightest thing goes wrong - were ever asked "Is this worth it"?

If that's not enough, the 72 lbs. Of plutonium aren't even being used to power the rocket. But to fuel three radio isotope thermal generators, otherwise known as RTG's, that power the probe's instruments. Producing 745 Watts of electricity, about the same amount needed to power seven light bulbs.

Is this worth it?

According to the European Space Agency, if we had waited a few more years until the research is done, this could have been accomplished with solar panels that wouldn't kill anybody.

Why are we doing this?

Because Lockheed built the rocket and the RTG's? Even their own executives will transpire if Casini misfires!

Then what would happen?

Then what would happen?

As people start to getting catastrophically ill, all at the same time, what would they do? Broadcast on TV?

"No, you're not getting sick, it's only a cold. Nooo, you're not getting sick, it's only... Oh... You are sick. Looks like everybody's getting sick. Mulder, Scully, what do we do?

"Just wear sunglasses, stay indoors, read the bible, watch videos. And since it's somehow Saddam Hussein's fault anyway, we might as well tell you we all have six months to live!"

Then what would happen!?

"Now it's over. It's really over. What matters now? Nothing matters now."

Can you imagine what would happen if everyone on Earth all realized this at once?

"Nothing matters anymore! Law and order, why bother!? It's now or never to do all those things we always wanted to do. Right now!

"Open hydrants, break down doors, cow tipping, armoured car tipping! Bank stripping! Shopping mall-free-for-all! Lewd downtown! Piss anywhere! Rifle through people's houses and play with their 'special secret things'. Come back and play with them, when the full moon is high!

"The clay pigeon generation has had enough!

"Invincible buildings downtown are no longer threatened. They're already dead! And so is our money! And so is our discipline! And so is our self respect! And so is our self control! CEO's sail out windows like 1929! Hot wire their BMW's and play Mad Max chicken on the golf course! Barbecue police officers at major intersections! During permanent rush hour!

"Burn! Kill! Annihilate! Destroy!

"Pillage, the ultimate mini-series!

"The LA riot that never ends!

"Strew all our prices down the middle of Main street! You can't take it with you, there's not much time anyway.

"I'm bored now. This is getting old. And I'm feeling sick. It really doesn't matter anymore. Just stay close to me. Hold me. Now. Curl up. Never let me go. Nail the apartment shut. I stashed plenty of food. TV still works. We could drop acid every day. Just hold me. Now. Please."

That's what would happen.



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Hmm.... 01.Feb.2003 12:33

Sally

Can we say perfect timing....for Bush that is. Now the media can throw people's focus off of the deepening threat of war and mourn for the few austronauts that we lost. I wish we could have Mr. Bush call up the families of the people he murders every day and send his condolances. The people going into space knew well enough the risks, but the children of Iraq don't have a choice as to where they live and the threats that face them day to day. It is a horrible event for the familes and friends of the astronauts, but let us not forget the casualties that happen every day all over our world.

check this one out! 01.Feb.2003 14:01

mike

Feb. 1, 2003

SHUTTLE DISASTER: THE HAND OF GOD?

Israelis, in Shock, Pray for Their First Astronaut

Reuters (Feb. 1, 2003)

"...Their disbelief deepened as newscasters reported the shuttle crash
was first heard over a town in Texas named Palestine, a bitter irony
lost on no one."

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FEMA to Lead Shuttle Response, Recovery 01.Feb.2003 14:08

Posse Comitatus, R.I.P.

FEMA to Lead Shuttle Response, Recovery

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Tom Ridge, the new Homeland Security secretary, coordinates the federal response to all significant domestic incidents even though terrorism is not suspected, under an executive order signed by President Bush last month.

On Saturday, Ridge contacted Mike Brown of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe, and the head of the military's Northern Command, and determined that FEMA would be the lead agency for response and recovery. Northern Command will offer assistance.

FEMA will become part of Ridge's agency on March 1.

O'Keefe said at a briefing in Florida that the space agency has set up a ``mishap investigation board'' that will involve officials from other branches of government including the military and transportation agencies. He said he has named a chairman, but he did not say who it is.

The Army's 1st Cavalry Division sent a search and rescue task force from Fort Hood, Texas, to help search for debris, the military said.

The task force included helicopters and military police to search for and to guard pieces of wreckage for collection by NASA, officials at Fort Hood said in a statement.

The teams will use UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters during the day and OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters during the night, the statement said.

Ridge called officials in Arizona and New Mexico to warn them about possible debris, although those states were out of the likely debris field. Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana were more likely to see shuttle debris.



02/01/03 13:46

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ps 01.Feb.2003 14:09

mike

And moreover, it's disconcerting that the Prime Minister (?) of Israel was using the disaster as a venue to pitch the two great democracies in the world, the US and Israel, and regurgitate officialdom's constant rhetoric about said nations. The Palestinians are murderers, he says, implying that the Israelis are not. What these guys never get is that murder is murder, don't matter from whom uppon whom, don't matter who started it first, don't matter who will finish it, because this line of action never ceases--it's a not-so-merry go-round that merely loops back upon itself, in perpepuity. It is sad that the pilots and scientists had to die by being vaporized...but don't use this tragedy as a podium to preach the goodness beatitudes of democracy!

there really is a Palestine, TX 01.Feb.2003 14:33

mike


bummer dude 01.Feb.2003 16:19

dude

I looked up and CNN was showing the fragmentation of the Space Shuttle on its reentry in to the atmosphere

Many thoughts came to mind. to the fore was not the anguish of the families or a feeling of sadness. I hate to say it but it was an I could have told you so. I felt that the Budget priorities and its ramifications have come home to roost. I have no idea if this is indeed the case, but my feelings were leading me here. Further reinforcement came on reflecting the Reagan budget priorities.

The rapid automatic mass murder machine has sucked the resources from NASA and this is its consequence. There was also the member from a country which administrates the greatest concentration camp in history aboard that shuttle. It too has sucked capital away from NASA by our subsidizing that country's economy.

Perhaps the finger of god put Sharon and Bush on notice of the realities of their priorities.

Time will tell, but my feelings for the families lost have now come. My feelings are also sad with the murder and torture of victims by the large social systems.

You're right! 01.Feb.2003 17:08

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>>Perhaps the finger of god put Sharon and Bush on notice of the realities of their priorities.
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You're almost certainly right! This sounds like typical behavior for your childish Judeo-Christian god. Kill innocent bystanders to make a point to people who have already shown they are impervious to point-making or to the sufferings of others.

Given a more reasonable god, this incident shows what happens when you destroy the left wing.

Ariel Sharon = Bush Admirer 03.Feb.2003 06:43

Sharon Admirer

"Because NASA's plan was to send up the next space shuttle after the Challenger up with 46 lbs. of plutonium.

And if that one had blown up, there'd be enough radiation in the air to cause cancer in as many as five billion people. What's the population of the world, boys and girls?"

i'm sure others caught the friendly reminder on Headline News and other channels for people not to handle the Shuttle debris cuz it *might* be toxic.

sloppy assed Sharon sitting in his chair sharing his grief for the US (maybe not the average citizen, definitely the elite ones) while being a Palestinian boogie monster and having homes bulldozed was a trip was a sight to see.