Shuttle Columbia, 10 years later

One of my first posts on this blog was in recognition of the heroic sacrifices made by the Apollo 1, Challenger, and Columbia crews, as well as a handful of other astronauts who were killed in training missions.  Today marks the 10 year anniversary of the Columbia tragedy, where the shuttle broke up over North America on reentry.

I had just moved to Colorado from Dallas, and my Dad sent me this picture (he didn’t take it but I’m not sure where he got it, so I apologise for the lack of citation):

Columbia aftermath--downtown Dallas in the background (photo origin unknown).

Columbia aftermath–downtown Dallas in the background (photo origin unknown).

This was eerie enough, but hearing the transmission get cut off mid-word was even eerier.  Let’s take a moment today to remember these astronauts–risking and giving their lives to advance human knowledge of the universe.

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About faradaysheadache

Research Geophysicist with the US Geological Survey.
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