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RIP: Astronauts Rick Husband, William McCool, David Brown, Kalpana Chawla, Michael Anderson, Laurel Clark, Ilan Ramon, and Space Shuttle Columbia, 1 February 2003. Condolences to the families and friends. A sad day for America and all spacefaring nations.

This special STS-107 Memorial page has been created if you would like to share your thoughts.

Subject:	The crew of STS-107 the last Columbia mission
Sent:	Saturday, February 1, 2003 11:12:19
From:	edcarlos@comcast.net (Ed Carlos)
This is a sad day for not only NASA and our nation but for the world. 
I'm not sure if you are collecting messages for posting on your site but
I guess this is a way of sending out condolences to the family and
friends of the STS-107 crew.  They are heroes much like the crew of the
Challenger mission.

To them forever clear skies...
Columbia and American Flag Mike here: As I noted on a special site update this morning, my condolences to the family and friends. It is a sad day for America and all spacefaring nations. I have fond memories of Columbia. When I was in the Air Force I worked on the Space Shuttle Program. I had an opportunity to visit the launch pad and get onto the crew access arm while Columbia was on the pad prior to STS-1 back in 1981. I got to look up into the main engines from beneath the pad and look at the tiles up close. I was at Edwards AFB for the first landing. Then I got to visit the Orbiter Processing Facility following the first flight and see Columbia going through post-flight maintenance. I have an American flag that was flown on STS-2, the 2nd flight of Columbia. A special item to me, especially now. [click on the image for a full-size version]
Subject:	STS 107
Sent:	Saturday, February 1, 2003 13:44:17
From:	N2MWE@msn.com (kieran OHagan)
Through hardship to the stars. they will shine a little brighter
tonight. May their souls rest in peace, and may God bless their

Kieran O'Hagan

Sent:	Saturday, February 1, 2003 14:19:49
From:	lschmidt@loganet.net (L&P Schmidt)
I got up early this morning eager to see the landing of STS 107,what a
shock to find that communications had been lost with STS 107. Then came
those terrible words "Columbia gone,crew gone".

I hope that the journey these brave explorers started will go on.
Exploration is a dangerous business but where would mankind be if we did
not explore?

The thoughts and prayers of America and the world are with the families
of the Columbia crew as they deal with a terrible loss in their lives.

Subject:	Space Shuttle
Sent:	Saturday, February 1, 2003 17:25:53
From:	peter.de.ruddere@village.uunet.be (De Ruddere Peter)
sorry for the bad spaceshuttle news today,
also here in belgium we regret a lost in space sience.

Peter De Ruddere

Subject:	nice tribute!
Sent:	Saturday, February 1, 2003 19:17:05
From:	bobcath28@msn.com (ROBERT DEROUIN)
Mike, I really like your image of the flag which flew on sts-2.I know
how special this is to whoever owns it!I was given a similar flag which
was flown on sts-26,the first mission to fly following the Challenger
disaster.It was given to me by a friend who knows a NASA worker.She
thought I might really appreciate it.This flag is definitely one of my
most prized possesions!!I really feel closer to NASA and the shuttle
program for owning it. I have full confidence we'll find and overcome
the problem,and fly gloriously again!!
                             Bob Derouin,Johnston,RI

Subject:	sad day for all
Sent:	Saturday, February 1, 2003 19:56:52
From:	nh64man@webtv.net (Daryl Averill)
words just cant explain this tragedy.
my thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones that are left behind.

Subject:	In Remembrance
Sent:	Saturday, February 1, 2003 20:19:01
From:	tjbulat@spe.midco.net (Tony Bulat)
                High Flight 
by John Gillespie Magee, Jr. 

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth 

And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; 

Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth 

Of sun-split clouds...and done a hundred things 

You have not dreamed of...wheeled and soared and swung 

High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there, 

I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung 

My eager craft through footless halls of air. 

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue 

I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace 

Where never lark, or even eagle flew. 

And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod 

The high untrespassed sanctity of space 

Put out my hand, and touched the face of God. 

    To the Crew of STS-107

Subject:	STS-107
Sent:	Saturday, February 1, 2003 20:10:32
From:	matthewgertz@attbi.com (Matthew Gertz)
A very sad day.  It brought me back to my freshman year in college, when
Challenger was destroyed.  I remember my idiot ex-roommate commenting,
"Wow, did you see it?  Cool!" and I have never wanted to hit someone as
much as I did at that moment.  My aunt's brother, Jack Lousma, flew on
one of the earlier shuttle missions, and I myself, when a grad student,
worked at NASA for a couple of summers as an intern working on a project
destined for the space station.  This hits really hard.

I turned on the TV this morning, noted that the view was of Mission
Control instead of the cartoon that my kids wanted to watch.  This
puzzled me, since network TV rarely shows landings these days, and I was
momentarily concerned, but the scene seemed to be calm, and so I called
my 6-year-old and 4-year-old sons over to see the shuttle landing, since
I knew that today was to be the day.  When I turned up the volume and
realized what was really going on, I had to explain to my sons that the
astronauts that they idolized were gone.  That was very difficult.

I don't know what the ultimate cause of this accident will be determined
to be, but this just drives home (to me) the point that it's time that
America brought the shuttles into the 21st century.  It's absurd to be
running a fleet of aging ~20-year-old shuttles based on technology
developed 35 years ago, when more recently available technologies are so
much better.  These shuttles have flown 20-30 missions apiece, have been
subjected to all sorts of extremely stressful conditions when launching
or in reentry, and frankly I'm astounded that there haven't been more
accidents before now.  If we want to give the deaths of these astronauts
some meaning, if we want to "do right" by them, then let's use it as the
impetus to develop -- *and* *implement* (!) -- new shuttle technologies,
like so many engineers have demanded over the past decade.  Space travel
is dangerous, space travel is risky, yet, ultimately, space travel is
necessary.  Let's do it right, and prevent accidents like these before
they happen.

Matthew W. Gertz, Ph.D.

Subject:	STS-107
Sent:	Saturday, February 1, 2003 21:17:09
From:	JimAuralee@cs.com
"A bad day..."  pretty much sums it up.

We lost seven astronauts and a ship today, but the cause must be found,
fixed, and exploration continued.

I am hopeful this will be done because...

42 years of manned spaceflight with only 3 fatal incidents is a
spectacular safety record, and one our scientists and engineers can be
proud of.

Remembering America's (and Israel's) best...

- Jim

Subject:	STS-107
Sent:	Sunday, February 2, 2003 3:34:20
From:	ron.young@tiscali.co.uk (Ronald Young)

The families of the Shuttle crew that died yesterday are in our
thoughts. We send them our love. May their Gods give them strength to
cary on.

Another seven bright stars twinkle down on our home planet - Earth.

Lets not forget the Astronauts and Cosmonauts of all nations that have
died in past space exploration.

All of them were brave people that died furthering the knowlege of

Ron and May Young

Subject:	Columbia Keepsakes
Sent:	Sunday, February 2, 2003 8:42:52
From:	lschmidt@loganet.net (L&P Schmidt)
I have a keepsake of Columbia's first mission,a press guide and I also
did a scrapbook of news clippings of the first three missions, now I
will start one on her final journey into the darkness of space and the
brave crew who were aboard her.

As in the song by John Denver written after Challenger:


Subject:	STS-107
Sent:	Monday, February 3, 2003 5:52:48
From:	pharris@crestnicholson.com (Harris, Paul)
My thoughts go out to the families.

I've seen two shuttle launches, both Atlantis, it's truely the most
awe-inspiring sight I've ever seen.

A great loss for the U.S., Israel and the world.
Nothing else to say really :-(


Subject:	Columbia
Sent:	Monday, February 3, 2003 8:37:09
From:	sbauto@vol.net.mt (Bajada)
Very sad to hear about the Columbia disaster. I am a radio amateur and
often work satellites, and know well how these people dedicate their
life for space. God Bless America.

Joseph Bajada

Subject:	Ilan Ramon
Sent:	Monday, February 3, 2003 12:04:11
From:	bpinnington@hotmail.com (William Pinnington)
I don't particularly want to submit anything to the memorial page, as
there are only so many ways you can say how sorry you are for what has
happened. However, I couldn't write this email without passing on some
sort of condolence.

I know many people have said it but the shuttle disaster is something
that really does touch people around the world.  Listening to the radio
on the way home from work tonight, I was touched by the comments of the
Israeli schoolchildren who had met Ilan Ramon and had designed a
chemical garden experiment for him to take with him.  They had received
a photograph, from space, of him with their experiment.

Kind regards,
Manchester, UK.

Subject:	STS-107
Sent:	Monday, February 3, 2003 19:43:57
From:	joerodricks@attbi.com (Joseph Rodricks)
I am sickened at those that critique the shuttle program at all, but
especially now. Those 7, the Columbia 7, gave their lives in the service
of humanity. We should all be so lucky as to die for such a noble cause.

Joe Rodricks

Subject:	STS-107 Columbia's last mission
Sent:	Monday, February 3, 2003 21:23:15
From:	divenuts@gte.net (divenuts)
Words can't convey the tragic loss we all feel. I'm sure I speak for all
when I say to the families, we feel your pain.

The space program has been a source of tremendous pride and patriotism.
I was born and raised in Florida....I remember going to  Cape Kennedy
and watching a couple of the Apollo moon launches. Shedding tears of joy
and pride as I felt the earth rumble with the power of the massive
Saturn V booster. Walk on the Moon...imagine...fact, not science

Thirty years later, I find it amazing to have the same feelings when I
have made the 2+ hour trip to see shuttle launches. It's still leaves me
in awe to be able to see a launch from my front yard, 100 miles from the
Cape and be able to watch launches clearly enough to see the solid
rocket boosters separate from the shuttle through binoculars.

I'm sure everybody remembers where and what they were doing when
Challenger exploded......once again, a terrible tragedy freezes time.

Let us honor the memory of the brave Columbia astronauts by pushing
forward with our pursuit of knowledge. They died heroes doing the work
they loved......we won't forget.

Chuck and Jeanne Callaghan
Dunedin, FL

Subject:	STS-107 thoughts
Sent:	Tuesday, February 4, 2003 12:18:32
From:	sts107memorial@xemaps.com
If "Let's Roll!" sums up, in two words, our feelings about 9-11; Lt.
Col. Michael Anderson's, "If this thing doesn't come out right, don't
worry about me, I'm just going on higher," should perhaps characterize
our feelings about these lost heroes.  May they sail forever, unfettered
through the stars.


Free STS-107 Memorial wallpaper at http://www.pcpages.com/sts107/index.html

Sent:	Tuesday, February 4, 2003 13:07:20
From:	marcuskd@cox.net (Marcus Dinsmore)
I hardly ever like anything the pundit Charles Krauthammer has to say,
but in today's Washington Post,(2/4/03) his column, "It's Time To Dream
Higher", calls for what would be a true memorial to our fallen heores.

He says: "If we're going to risk that first 150 miles of terrible stress
on body and machine to get into space, then let's do it to get to the
next million miles -- to cruise the beauty and vacuum of interplanetary
space to new worlds. Back to the moon. Establish a lunar base. And then
on to Mars."

Ad astra per aspera,
Marcus Dinsmore

Subject:	God Bless You!!,Mike Weasner!!
Sent:	Tuesday, February 4, 2003 21:18:36
From:	bobcath28@msn.com (ROBERT DEROUIN)
Hi Mike!,I really need to say thank you,and God Bless You for starting
the STS 107 Memorial section' on your illustrious website!!It's really
become an awesome place to go!After reading all the entries,,tears
welled up in my eyes.This is the first time I cried for our beloved
astronauts.Even going back to the Challenger crew.I love human space
exploration,and try to know everything there is to know about it.I
personally feel close to all NASA's astronauts,something than not too
many people can say.I feel special to know them.And I kept asking myself,
after all these years.Why no tears for the Challenger Seven,then this
past weekend..why no tears for the Columbia Crew??????Maybe I didn't
really know them well enough to cry for them.I was sad!!But your
memorial site did open me up,just that little bit more.allowing me to
greive..in a way that I thought I should!!!Thanks again Mike,and thank
you Columbia Seven,for bringing the skies down a little bit closer for
us here on Earth!!!!                     Bob D.

Subject:	I'm not sure if it was Columbia.
Sent:	Wednesday, February 5, 2003 14:24:42
From:	dcanard@cswnet.com (doug+canard)
I may of seen Columbia {or one of those shuttles} when it flew piggyback
into Altus AFB, back in the 80's. I can't remember exactly which shuttle
it was. I stood admiring it as long as I could.

What a travesty.Such brave heroes. I'm sure they would want us to press
onward and higher?


Subject:	My thoughts on STS-107
Sent:	Friday, February 7, 2003 6:41:05
From:	vampirelestatsoulreaver@msn.com (Vampire Le Stat)
Just over 17 years ago, I was having a busy day, celebrating my 15th
birtday. I'd been to school and had come home in a fine mood, looking
forward to enjoying a happy evening. Then the news came through on the
TV: Challenger STS-51L had been lost on launch. I stood, unable to
comprehend the enormity of this terrible news. I was troubled by the
loss of the brave souls who manned that flight for all of us.

But times change......

This time, 3 days after my 32nd birthday I was out doing the shopping
for my family. The Nokia 7650 chimed at my waist, indicating a new news
report. I opened it up, expecting to see the latest soccer news or
information on recent terror suspect arrests. I looked and I read.
Again, I stood, unable to comprehend the enormity of this terrible news.
My wife asked me what the matter was. I showed her and simply said

In the intervening 17 years what has changed? I have married, had
children, carved out a career as an Aeronautical Engineer but my
interest in space and the exploration of has remained constant. The
shuttle is now a more than 20 year old design, relying on technologies
over 30 years old. I work with Concorde and know, that despite it's
beauty and it's unique position in air travel, it is an ageing aircraft
who's day of retirement, though not imminent, must now surely be in
sight. To compare it with a 777 is impossible; the 777 has far more
safety systems and backups and is much more efficient. My point is that
the world (for the shuttle is now being used for truly international
crewing) can not depend upon the shuttle anymore for routine space
flight. A new concept MUST be developed and I believe it should be
co-funded by all nations who wish to make use of the facility for
satellite deployment or research in the future. Any nations who opt out
now but do eventually use it should pay for the privelege.

Anyone who has read the late Carl Sagan's "Pale Blue Dot" will know that
to secure the future of human existance we must promulgate throughout
our galactic locality. To do this we must push for advancement and be
prepared to pay for the protection of our future generations. That's why
7 gifted souls were released from this earth on Saturday. My thoughts
are with them and their families.

The Vampire Lestat, UK

Subject:	STS
Sent:	Tuesday, February 11, 2003 18:22:32
From:	bryangm@excite.com (Bryan)
Im pretty bummed out about this one.  My uncle worked for Rocketdyne for
many years (they built the engines for the shuttle) and as a kid I used
to go to their open houses all the time.  There we could meet the
astronauts, see the engines and other parts of the shuttle.  Every time
there was a launch he would gather up all the patches and stickers and
pictures that he could and send them to me.  I remember waking up early
at 8 years old to run to the TV and watch the Challenger.  I watched it
explode.  At that age I didn't really comprehend the whole situation. 
When I woke up last Saturday I saw almost the same thing but this time I
did comprehend.  Most big tragedies don't effect me (even 9-11... sure I
felt bad, but I didn't know anyone and it was 3000 miles away) but
somehow this one hit a mark with me. Just bummed me out bigtime. 
Especially since every time the shuttle or space station flies over I
have to run out and watch it, which makes my wife think Im crazy.  Sure
its just a dot moving across the sky, but somehow you feel connected to


Subject:	ColumbiaDMAFB.jpg
Sent:	Saturday, March 1, 2003 16:23:02
From:	al.massaro@earthlink.net (Al Massaro)
After discovering your tribute to STS107 I thought it only appropriate
for you to have a copy of this picture.

I took this in Tucson in 85, I hope you enjoy it, I have had it hanging
on my wall all this time and now it carries a lot more significance for

Al Massaro

Subject:	STS-107 Memorial
Sent:	Friday, March 11, 2005 07:40:38
From:	Mike Hogan (mhogansr@comcast.net)
Since I found your site a month or so ago, I have been so busy looking
for technical info I never even noticed your STS-107 Memorial Page until

I too was heavily involved in the Space Program for over 30 years. 
Although the Columbia disaster occurred after I retired, it was still
devastating.  I am attaching an image of my flag award, flown on the
maiden flight of Columbia. During the final years before my retirement,
I was Network Operations Manager for NASA's Space Tracking and Data
Network at Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.  We planned and
coordinated tracking and data acquisition ops for all NASA supported
missions, including Shuttle.

I was also at Edwards for a short while, in '83, as the RF systems
supervisor at the Buckhorn Lake NASA Tracking Station on the hill
overlooking the runway. Maybe you remember it.  It was the site that
tracked STS-1 during final approach and landing.

I have received a lot of awards over the years, but the most prized are
the STS-1 flag, my Silver Snoopy for STS-1 support, and the personally
autographed photo of the STS-1 crew.

Every two years we have a reunion of former employees of Bendix Field
Engineering Corporation, the company I worked for, and you can believe
the Challenger and Columbia will never be forgotten by them.

All the best,


Columbia memorial

Subject:	sts 107
Sent:	Tuesday, June 14, 2005 12:36:53
From:	Tyler Hancock (Auburntyler25@msn.com)
sad day on God's earth but a glorious day for man kind we learned from
our mistakes. We correct the problems that way.

So they did what they trained to do that is all they had to do for that
16 day. God bless there families.

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