2003 February 1 [9:40 am]
(entry last updated: 2003-02-01 13:35:45)
Press briefing taking place now. A 3:00 PM briefing where questions will be taken was announced. (Spaceflight Now continues to update)
Very large JPG (poster) for STS-107 with images of astronauts.
According to NPR, NASA has lowered their flags to half-staff, indicating that they believe the Columbia astronauts are lost. - 11:06AM
The last communications with Columbia took place at about 9 a.m. EST. Contingency procedures have been activated and Dallas- Fort Worth search and rescue operations have been initiated. No additional information is available at this time…
Reports that multiple contrails have been seen - apparently breaking up (see the picture at the CNN link above). Debris has been falling in parts of central Texas.
Slashdot has the story now - should have more resources, including this disheartening image. Instapundit cites this evocative radar image - the radar loop for the time period is even more striking, although I would guess that this would be typical, given the plasma generated during re-entry. On the other hand, the persistence of the image suggests this is particulate debris
SpaceflightNow has status updates - an excellent resource; looks like by 9:06AM EST it was VERY clear there was trouble
Not the most appropriate title today, but an interesting sponsored Salon piece: Embrace File-Sharing or Die. After you realize that the authors are a record industry member and his son, read today’s Doonesbury - a priceless coincidence!