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(Sunshine State News)   10th anniversary remembrance ceremony planned for Columbia space crew, where were you that day when our heroes fell from the sky?   (sunshinestatenews.com) divider line 241
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2013-01-23 12:44:39 AM  
Was at home, saw the news flash on TV. Kept thinking, twice in one lifetime, what the fark is going on. It shouldn't be happening again.
 
2013-01-23 12:50:40 AM  
Just leaving a state music conference center for lunch at the Phoenix Civic Center. People were looking in the air for a trail, debris, something. A asked somebody what was going on and he said something along the lines of, "The Space Shuttle broke up coming in."

Strange day.
 
2013-01-23 12:51:55 AM  
We were in the front yard, waiting for the sonic booms as it went overhead. When it was 10 minutes late, we already knew something was very wrong. Went to the tv and got the confirmation.
 
2013-01-23 12:52:38 AM  
www.cfnews13.com
 
2013-01-23 12:53:21 AM  
Probably asleep when it actually happened. Do remember that afterwards I kept looking up wondering if I was going to get hit with any debris.
 
2013-01-23 12:55:13 AM  
Not pissing on Nixon's grave, unfortunately.

That'll have to wait for another occasion.
 
2013-01-23 12:58:49 AM  

strangeluck: [www.cfnews13.com image 850x573]


Both Husband and McCool are awesome names.
 
2013-01-23 01:09:10 AM  
I was sleeping in that morning.
 
2013-01-23 01:10:00 AM  

optikeye: strangeluck: [www.cfnews13.com image 850x573]

Both Husband and McCool are awesome names.


"Pilot William C. McCool"

If only his first name had been "Ace," the epic naming would have been perfect. What's your name son? "Ace McCool, sir."
 
2013-01-23 01:23:28 AM  
It was late night/early morning and I was checking out some songs from this cool new artist Amy Winehouse.
 
2013-01-23 01:32:59 AM  
I was at a dog park and I remember all the dogs stopping what they were doing and started looking up, tilting their heads to one side and then the other, like they do when they are REALLY listening. I don't know if that was connected to the shuttle or a coincidence that I only remember because of what happened that morning. Later that day I went and saw my grandparents. My grandfather was pretty sad, he loved the space program.
 
2013-01-23 02:24:57 AM  
I was at Best Buy and saw it on the wall of TV's.
 
2013-01-23 03:29:10 AM  
ROTC drill practice in San Angelo, Tx. Wife drove my truck onto the pad, crying, to tell me. Sad day.
 
2013-01-23 04:42:05 AM  
I was, uh--
 
2013-01-23 05:28:10 AM  
AIT at Fort Gordon

Went to bowling alley because at the time it was the only place to smoke for us AITers. Saw it on the TV they had there
 
2013-01-23 05:33:57 AM  

strangeluck: Was at home, saw the news flash on TV. Kept thinking, twice in one lifetime, what the fark is going on. It shouldn't be happening again.


Airplanes keep falling from the sky even today

You cannot make any form of rapid transportation 100% safe
 
2013-01-23 07:17:05 AM  
Sitting here at home getting pissed at the media for finding the most stereotypical rednecks in East Bumblefark, TX to interview & making fun of them ("Wahl, somethang big jest fell out of the skah & pert near hit the trailer".  Later on I realized that much like a dog peeing on a fire hydrant, that's just how the media is going to act no matter what happens.  That & East Bumblefark, TX is full of people like that....

/it was kind of cool in a really morbid way watching weather reports for that area that day & seeing the debris field showing up on the weather radar
 
2013-01-23 08:13:14 AM  
Driver's training.  Heard it on the radio while my instructor was in Target, shopping.
 
2013-01-23 08:17:20 AM  
Oddly enough I lost my virginity that night
 
2013-01-23 08:24:16 AM  
Anyone else think NO WAY that was just 10 years ago! Maybe subby meant 30?

Then I read the article and realized oh yeah another shuttle that blew up.
 
2013-01-23 08:25:09 AM  
I was holding my healthy newborn twin sons in the hospital. My mom was living in east Texas near my aunt and her family at the time: some debris landed near them. Joy one minute, horror the next.

The day my daughter was born, in Chicago, was the day the Spirit of New Orleans crashed in Bourbonnais.
 
2013-01-23 08:35:38 AM  
It was a saturday, I was at home watching the tv news.
 
2013-01-23 08:35:50 AM  
My drill instructor used to call each one of us "heroes", but he pronounced it " hee-roh".

Seriously, there are heroic people and there are unlucky people. They are not synonomous.
 
2013-01-23 08:36:03 AM  
Brutally hungover, to the point when someone told me about it I thought they were talking about the Challenger.

I wondered what exactly I'd drank the previous evening to cause time travel.
 
2013-01-23 08:44:02 AM  
Heard it on the radio while driving to Cape Girardeau with two other people, the last time I was ever in that town.
 
2013-01-23 08:47:14 AM  

basemetal: It was a saturday, I was at home watching the tv news.


This, I actually got up to see the landing. That didn't happen. A strange day indeed.
 
2013-01-23 08:56:16 AM  

strangeluck: Was at home, saw the news flash on TV. Kept thinking, twice in one lifetime, what the fark is going on. It shouldn't be happening again.


"shouldn't be happening again"?

There have been, what, only three major catastrophes in the history of the space program, and a fourth that was narrowly averted? (Apollo 1, Challenger, Columbia, and Apollo 13 was lucky)

That's some goddamn good numbers. Considering they're basically strapping people onto a huge BALL OF FIRE and shooting them into space, the fact that only three crews have been lost is amazing.

"Shouldn't be happening again"... it's amazing it's only happened three times... and only two of them were space mission accidents. The Apollo crew died on the ground during testing.
 
2013-01-23 09:01:56 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: strangeluck: Was at home, saw the news flash on TV. Kept thinking, twice in one lifetime, what the fark is going on. It shouldn't be happening again.

"shouldn't be happening again"?

There have been, what, only three major catastrophes in the history of the space program, and a fourth that was narrowly averted? (Apollo 1, Challenger, Columbia, and Apollo 13 was lucky)

That's some goddamn good numbers. Considering they're basically strapping people onto a huge BALL OF FIRE and shooting them into space, the fact that only three crews have been lost is amazing.

"Shouldn't be happening again"... it's amazing it's only happened three times... and only two of them were space mission accidents. The Apollo crew died on the ground during testing.


THere was a Gemini problem where the astronauts nearly died.

Armstrong piloted a Gemini capsule when it had a hard-over thruster. Almost was a catastrophe.
 
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2013-01-23 09:31:34 AM  
I was on the Mass Pike headed towards Cambridge half paying attention to the news, then fully paying attention to the news. I had dinner with somebody too young to remember the previous space shuttle fireball.
 
2013-01-23 09:39:48 AM  
I was at home.  I lived walking distance to the JSC entrance.  You wouldn't believe the flowers piled up out there.

I was in Hemphill these last two weekends and drove right by the Columbia museum, I should have went in.  Every time I'm out in Sabine NF and Indian Mounds Wilderness, I think about running into debris that was never recovered (there's no way they searched all those woods).
 
2013-01-23 09:45:14 AM  
Michelle Rodriquez, Kevin Bacon and that black guy from that one show were there? Damn, I guess you really can connect Kevin Bacon to everything.

www.cfnews13.com
 
2013-01-23 09:59:56 AM  

vudutek: We were in the front yard, waiting for the sonic booms as it went overhead. When it was 10 minutes late, we already knew something was very wrong. Went to the tv and got the confirmation.


My same experience. I knew they were coming in and I didn't hear anything. I figured they overshot and had to go to a secondary landing site. Then I came in and found out that it was way worse than that.
 
2013-01-23 10:01:06 AM  
Sadly, I was right here on Fark. First I heard (or read) about it is when a farker posted a link to the information. Then there was all the shiat about people picking up souvenirs and selling them on ebay. I was also kicking around on fark on 9/11.
 
2013-01-23 10:01:13 AM  
Was in a nyc mexican restaurant. Food was better than the usual generic mexican food
 
2013-01-23 10:01:16 AM  
I was in chemistry. The teacher happened to have been an alternate for the Challenger. Needless to say she was bat-shiat jumbled that day.
 
2013-01-23 10:01:29 AM  
I was in cell block C of the Dekalb county jail in Illinois.
 
2013-01-23 10:02:16 AM  
At the gym...saw it on one of the TVs in the locker room. When I got home and mentioned it to my husband he hadn't heard so he went to the computer to get more information. Very sad - they seem to happen near his birthday.
 
2013-01-23 10:04:51 AM  
I was watching TV, fearing that another shuttle would hit the Pentagon.
 
2013-01-23 10:05:28 AM  
I think I would remember it raining sandwiches.
 
2013-01-23 10:05:37 AM  
Sitting in the waiting room at my eye doctor's office and unable to see the TV because I still had drops in my eyes.... was kind of glad I couldn't see...
 
2013-01-23 10:06:11 AM  
The BBC has an excellent documentary on the life of Neil Armstrong. After watching it I'm wondering how there weren't more astronaut fatalities. These people faced real danger and should be rightfully celebrated as heroes.
 
2013-01-23 10:06:58 AM  
I don't remember the day. If it was a weekday, I was on my way to work when I heard about it. I do remember seeing it all over the news and on Fark. It was startling, but then, we knew those things wouldn't fly forever.
 
2013-01-23 10:07:33 AM  
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"Where were you..."
 
2013-01-23 10:07:54 AM  
I was in 6th grade Science.... no wait that was the Challenger.
 
2013-01-23 10:08:32 AM  
My stepfather was working mission control. He worked nights so he had been sleeping for a little while. I got a call from a relative and turned on the tv.

I thought the shuttle was just slow to come out of blackout. Called him and said "dude, where's your orbiter?"

Didn't realize I was starting off one of his worst days ever. He asked what time it was and I told him.

All I heard was "sh*t, I have to go now!"...and he hung up.

He was also one of the people who reconstructed the shuttle from debris in the hangar. Very bad times. He was friends with all of the astronauts.
 
2013-01-23 10:09:16 AM  
Always wanted to be able to quote special agent Johnson and now I can: "I was in junior high, dickhead."

/literally watching on tv
//in junior high (6th grade)
 
2013-01-23 10:09:18 AM  
I was Sergeant of the Guard for my battalion in Kuwait. We were waiting to cross the line into Iraq
 
2013-01-23 10:09:58 AM  
I was listening to the radio when they came in with the breaking news story, followed by a story about how much of a waste of budget money NASA was by some economist. I always remembered the extreme dangers of that type of travel compared to what the public assumed had become an every day event, so I was more ticked off by the economist than the actual accident.
 
2013-01-23 10:10:31 AM  
Had just gotten off a plane at ATL on my way to Sarasota to surprise my Dad for his 80th. Called mamarita and she told me that there had been an explosion or sonic boom a few minutes before I called. We're about 20 miles north of Dyess AFB and I though maybe a Bone had shelled an engine or the like. Got to TGI Fridays in the airport and saw the video...knew immediately what had happened.
 
2013-01-23 10:10:42 AM  

indarwinsshadow: Sadly, I was right here on Fark. First I heard (or read) about it is when a farker posted a link to the information. Then there was all the shiat about people picking up souvenirs and selling them on ebay. I was also kicking around on fark on 9/11.


Honestly, I think FARK was where I first heard about it, too.
 
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