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2003-02-01 10:04:27 AM  
I'm going to put the link in the p-shop thread.
Mods/admins, feel free to remove my comment from that thread if need be.
This is one case where It would be good that the non-total-farkers have access to comment.
2003-02-01 10:04:48 AM  
k thanks, stevaroonie
2003-02-01 10:05:02 AM  
Look at the weather radars for the area.

Debris track goes all the way into Louisiana
2003-02-01 10:05:22 AM  
They've got the launch with debris falling off on CNN right now.
2003-02-01 10:05:23 AM  
"During liftoff, damage was caused to the outer skin, wing and ceramic heat tiles."

"Engineers thought damage was not significant."
2003-02-01 10:06:04 AM  
CNN now showing film of liftoff and possible debris damaging the shuttle then.

2003-02-01 10:06:55 AM  
Reports coming in of debris being found in Texas.
2003-02-01 10:09:22 AM  
NORAD, Space Command, and the Strategic Air Command are all now involved in the investigation.
2003-02-01 10:10:52 AM  
I think I remember reading something about the Israeli Colonel onboard brought with him some artwork made by Holocaust victims.
2003-02-01 10:11:35 AM  
Looks like the normal Farkers will have to wait for an admin to wake up.
2003-02-01 10:12:01 AM  
Ugh, here's a fun fact: The Israeli Air Force Pilot who's on the mission also took part in the raid on Iraq's nuclear reactor....
2003-02-01 10:13:05 AM  
oh nice
2003-02-01 10:13:48 AM  
[image from too old to be available]

I don't know if this will show up to well, but it's from Rachycentron's link -- you can see a green line on weather radar where the debris is tracking. Freaky.
2003-02-01 10:15:36 AM  
At last count 43 separte posts of this event on TOTALFARK. A sad way to find out how alert we all are.
2003-02-01 10:15:44 AM  
MSNBC is now lcalling it an explotion...
2003-02-01 10:16:38 AM  


This is sad. Man if it turns out that the arabs somehow has something to do with this.. it's gonna be WWIII for sure.
2003-02-01 10:18:19 AM  
Conspiracy theorists will jump on this one: Israeli onboard, debris lands near Palestine Texas.
2003-02-01 10:18:32 AM  
Steveroni with Cheeseroni: Can you give us a link to a higher res image, or give the url for that page?
2003-02-01 10:18:43 AM  
thread just went up on regular Fark:
2003-02-01 10:18:58 AM  
Eerie. The warning against the debris actually says that you can die within 48 hours if you inhale fumes from some parts of the shuttle.
2003-02-01 10:19:16 AM  
You know there had to be a military fighter escort as it was coming in. What if there was a accident with our own aircraft. Ohh, the conspieracy boys will have a field day with this. Break out the tin foil hats. I got mine.
2003-02-01 10:19:36 AM  
Arabs... The space shuttle. Oh please, get a grip. I know Saddam was on that mission and sabotaged it from orbit. Part of the debris seen is Saddam's dramatic escape! Film at 11!
2003-02-01 10:21:09 AM  
Indiepress: the link is in Rachycentron's post about 5 or 6 or so above mine... I think that it is likely fading by now. I'll e-mail you a higher res pic, if you'd like, and curse Picturestage for resizing.
2003-02-01 10:21:18 AM  
There was a large group of people that all went out this morning to the beach here. The track had it falling right over the top of the MS coast. It never came by and we left thinking the haze was to thick on the horizon to see it. We got back in the house just as it was announced. Sad.
2003-02-01 10:21:49 AM  
I bet "Drivinwest" is pretty shaken up over this. However, his commentary on this will be pretty insightful.
2003-02-01 10:23:15 AM  

There wasn't a fighter escort that high or at that speed (the shuttle is well in excess any speed our fighters can achieve during reentry.)
2003-02-01 10:24:17 AM  
Does Drivenwest have connections to the shuttle?
2003-02-01 10:24:20 AM  
This should shut down the space program for what, the next 50 years?
2003-02-01 10:27:15 AM  

Last I recalled, he was involved in a ground control position. The details are sketchy, but I recall a pic of him sitting in a shuttle on his profile.
2003-02-01 10:28:14 AM  
Is it just me or is that Indian crew member pretty hot?
2003-02-01 10:28:26 AM

Loop of radar images from the NWS
2003-02-01 10:30:03 AM  
**Does Drivenwest have connections to the shuttle**

I would bet he is pretty busy right now. I wouldn't expect to hear from him
2003-02-01 10:31:40 AM  
Steveroni with Cheeseroni :

Excellent point. Kicks a hole in my theory. Unless they were using recovered UFOs or X-wings for the escort. But that's another thread...
2003-02-01 10:40:34 AM  
Here is a higher res image of the one posted a bit earlier.

[image from too old to be available]
2003-02-01 10:47:21 AM  
Pretty big thread for TotalFark. One shuttle lost every 13 years doesn't sound too bad. It's what, 7 people every decade? More people are lost doing research on earth. This just gets way more publicity.

Not that I don't care. I'm all for science n stuff.
2003-02-01 10:50:48 AM  
I live in Dallas - the "explosion" or whatever it was shook the house!
2003-02-01 10:52:55 AM  
My girlfriend lives in Beaumont, Texas, a few miles from where they've located debris. She's crying her eyes out...
2003-02-01 11:05:25 AM  
What a way to wake up
2003-02-01 11:12:15 AM  
Man that weather radar image is freaky.. can't stop looking at it.
2003-02-01 11:15:46 AM  
Rumbleminz: Why do you say that about DrivinWest? Is he involved in the program somehow, or is it just he lives in Texas? (not really familiar with most farkers personal lives)
2003-02-01 11:21:05 AM  
radar image from NOAA a minute ago...bright red
contrail or whatever....sad....
2003-02-01 11:59:54 AM  

If DrivinWest works at KSC, he's probably home for the weekend. There's an item at the link stating as much.

Horrible. Words cannot express.
2003-02-01 12:02:31 PM  
Here is a link to the ideal landing procedure for the shuttles. It gives you an idea of what was supposed to happen with the landing procedure.
2003-02-01 12:38:29 PM  
Oh lord... sorry, I just woke up, oh lord.
2003-02-01 01:11:43 PM  
Man, good thing I didnt go into work today.
2003-02-01 01:22:24 PM  
Dude, that's pretty farked up right there. I remember watching the Challenger reruns in '86...I had an 8:00 calc class and the prof came in and said "did any of you watch the news this morning?" We, being college freshmen, were way too busy eating froot loops to watch the news and just stared at him. He didn't break the news, just said "after class go find a TV," then proceeded to lecture for an hour about derivatives or some shiat. Needless to say I blew off the rest of the day...

As for the doom of NASA, my $0.02 is that, as has been mentioned before, with ISS they can't really bail now. Still, it should boost investment in the space elevator.
2003-02-01 01:29:44 PM  
I remember when the Challenger exploded. My daughter was all of about a month old. Now this. Funny how close the dates are, too.
2003-02-01 01:39:27 PM  
Reagan's speech after the Challenger disaster
One of the most beautiful speeches ever given.
2003-02-01 01:46:04 PM  
Ummm... a man from Palestine, TX just called in to NBC.

2003-02-01 01:52:46 PM  
Think about the ratings!
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