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(Lufkin Daily News)   Local debris reports from Texas   ( divider line
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10880 clicks; posted to Main » on 01 Feb 2003 at 1:42 PM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2003-02-01 01:45:47 PM  
No pics?
2003-02-01 01:46:02 PM  
lets sell it on ebay

2003-02-01 01:46:20 PM  
I heard of some debris being found in Stamps, Ar. about 70 miles or so from here, but nothing confirmed.
2003-02-01 01:46:25 PM  
'The piece landed on the back parking lot between the bank and the Masonic Lodge. Police have cordoned off an area about 100 yards square'


oh yeah furst.

recycled challenger jokes in 5,4,3.....
2003-02-01 01:47:10 PM  
Pics at:​.​html

You need to page through 'em. Not many. Most have been on CNN already.
2003-02-01 01:47:37 PM  
This man just called into NBC from Palestine, TX. Ironic.
2003-02-01 01:47:42 PM  
almost landed on my head, here in texas! Yikes!
2003-02-01 01:48:02 PM  
Oh, and I got this via Slashdot...
2003-02-01 01:51:01 PM  
I hope there was no plutonium on this flight. NASA has been known to have a plutonium payload on there shuttle flrghts, in fact, the shuttle that was scheduled to fly after the dicovery flight was supposed to carry 46 pounds of it. If that had blown up it could cause radiation and cancer in as much as a billion people. We all should hope and pray right about now.
2003-02-01 01:51:01 PM  
2003-02-01 01:52:49 PM  
I'm in Houston, and nothing is landing here, fortunately. Last thing this city needs would be rain of debris.

The window to my apartment faces north and if I had been up early enough I would have seen the shuttle break up. This is too wierd for me.
2003-02-01 01:53:48 PM  
Note to Texans: Do not taunt the Happy Fun Ball
2003-02-01 01:54:26 PM  
I love being southern:​ml
2003-02-01 01:54:44 PM  
From what I understand, FEMA would have been dispatched immediately if there were any public threat from the debris of the lander. All I've heard is NASA authorities, the Armed Forces and local authorities.

All in all, still too stunned by this to think terribly cohesively.
2003-02-01 01:56:08 PM  
This is the tank that landed at the Nacogdoches County airport. Sorry for the crappy quality.

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2003-02-01 01:57:45 PM  
I found out about this about 30 minutes ago. The first place I came to was fark - not cnn or any other page.

Go Fark!

God's Speed to the 7 whom have been lost.
2003-02-01 01:58:47 PM  
Hey remeber this little jem from 86'
2003-02-01 01:59:22 PM  
CreamyG, when you die alone it'll be lonely too.
2003-02-01 01:59:39 PM  
creamy's comment to hijack thread in

2003-02-01 02:00:08 PM  
10 shuttle links in a row, thats gotta be some kinda of a record.
2003-02-01 02:00:38 PM  
It would be interesting if this happened at night. You could use the phosphor in florescent lights or tube type night vision scopes as radiation detectors. Cool.
2003-02-01 02:00:51 PM  
or to be deleted by madly taxed mods in


/got nothin. speechless.
2003-02-01 02:01:19 PM  
Oswald - I hope for oursake you don't have inside information but... according to NASA nuclear and radioactive material is not allowed on shuttle flights because of the possibility for shuttles exploding
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2003-02-01 02:01:36 PM  
The big danger on the shuttle is the toxic hydrazine fuel, most of which was dumped before reentry. When the shuttle lands normally the crews do have to be careful. I think most of the fuel evaporated into the atmosphere on the way down, but there might be some left on a few parts.

Like in Close Encounters, the warnings are intended to keep people away. There is a chance that the debris could be dangerous in non-obvious ways. There is a better chance that a piece of debris could hold the clue to the disaster. Saying "you might die if you pick it up" works better than "you might go to jail if you pick it up".

Plutonium would have been packaged to survive this sort of accident.
2003-02-01 02:02:02 PM  
The guy on the radio just said (paraphrased): "We are here reporting on the space shuttle Chal-- Columbia , the space shuttle Columbia ."
2003-02-01 02:02:52 PM  

Its sad and pathetic that you don't give a fark. You must hava had a nasty and unhappy life so far. I wish you well in your lonely and self-centered future. You will need it.
2003-02-01 02:04:25 PM  
Not enough news coverage, not nearly enough.

They should devote a special channel to this.
2003-02-01 02:04:42 PM  
Someone is gonna get sued.... It's a sad day...
2003-02-01 02:09:59 PM  
Oswald, quit trying to panic people.
2003-02-01 02:13:22 PM  
I'm guessing that nuclear propulsion system isn't going to be happening anytime soon.
2003-02-01 02:14:01 PM  
Okay, this fuel thing makes no sense to me.

If its flammable, it would've burned up in the atmosphere. If not, it would've dissipated in the atmosphere. I fail to see how it could "stick" to pieces of debris.
2003-02-01 02:15:43 PM  
Not the fuel itself, but the residue from post-combustion.
2003-02-01 02:16:37 PM  
I'm sure the pieces of the shuttle could be dangerous, but I'm also pretty sure that the warnings are just to keep people from taking the debris home and selling them on Ebay and whatnot.
2003-02-01 02:19:19 PM  
hey farkers. i'm in ireland - does anyone have a link to the script of the nasa press conference launched 18 minutes ago?
2003-02-01 02:20:34 PM  
nevermind. i still have not mastered the subtraction needed to figure out what time it is in florida.
2003-02-01 02:24:01 PM  

Eastern time as of now is 2:20 pm. NASA news conf at the top of the next hour.
2003-02-01 02:24:35 PM  
I WAS planning on going jeepin' tomorrow in that area...looks that that won't happen.
2003-02-01 02:24:39 PM  

Go fark yourself, asshat.

It's Saturday so it's not like there was going to be a plethora of articles anyways.
2003-02-01 02:25:12 PM  
Radiation sources, such as neutron and gamma, are often used for surveying difficult to measure places. Point a beam from one of these tiny slugs into space and you get wavelengths radiated back for your sensors to pick up. I'm sure they had many aboard the shuttle in many sizes, like the tiny (but very powerful and lethal) devices I was certified to handle by the NRC to huge laser like amplified sources. The neutron sources have radiation so powerful it can't be picked up by geiger counters unless it goes through the human body or the like to slow it down first. And it will make your body permanently radioactive. Fun stuff.
2003-02-01 02:26:32 PM  
in texas some lady found an arm in her yard...

did anyone see the picture on MSNBC i think where they zoomed in all the way? i swear that it looked like the UFO from Close Encounters
2003-02-01 02:27:20 PM  
I've been hearing reports about body parts - but I cannot see the body not burning up... but who knows.
2003-02-01 02:37:01 PM  
Transactoid- The fuel itself isnt flammable, its a combination of two chemicals that, when mixed, produce a very very exothermic reaction. Its not like our conventional idea of a hydrocarbon fuel that burns to produce energy. This stuff reacts and creates a lot of heat and gas, and finely divided powdered aluminum (the white stuff you see behind the rocket). Thats what powers it, and lifts it upwards
2003-02-01 02:38:20 PM  

The Nation mourns. What a tradegy. In our time of darkness, there is only one man that could console the Nation.

That's right,

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Frank Stallone.

2003-02-01 02:50:18 PM  
It's good to see all those people are doing the right thing (not touching it, cordoning off the area, calling police) instead of putting it in their personal collection or selling it off. Although I'm sure we're going to see pieces of Columbia on the market one of these days...

Thoughts and prayers to the seven aboard and their families.
2003-02-01 03:02:31 PM  
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What the heck is that thing?
2003-02-01 03:04:48 PM  
I'm enjoying seeing all the talking heads on TV try to wrap their mouths around my town's name. Saddened though by the tragedy....
2003-02-01 03:05:10 PM  
MattO - a space shuttle
2003-02-01 03:09:02 PM  
Speaking of selling stuff on eBay I feel we should fill this asshats mailbin up with rude email. He just not 2 hours after this accident put for sale a bunch of these patches
2003-02-01 03:11:01 PM  
MattO - It looks like a tank
2003-02-01 03:12:31 PM  
What the fark happened to MattO's post? It was a space shuttle...then a tank.....

*falls on floor, rocking back and forth*
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