When the Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart durring reentry, I was laying in bed and heard what sounded like a train rumble echoing through the woods. When I realized it was too loud and lasting too long I got up and went outside. Whwn I looked up there was a multiple vapor and smoke trail across the sky straight above my house. I turned on the TV and saw that the Shuttle had broken up. Parts of the Shuttle were falling on a strip of property just north of town. Hopped in the car and went to take a look and started seeing burnt and scorched parts on the ground. Was a very unusual and sad day indeed.
Interesting find Henry, and a very sad day indeed. It's good to know that some people still remember it.
Thankyou GG, yes people do remember especialy through this area over to Louisiana. Me and a couple of friends rode all the way to the Louisiana border. There were little parts of the Shuttle all along the route that we followed, such as scorched insulation, Heat resistant ceramic tiles from the skin, and parts of the instrament panels from the cocpit. The larger pieces of the Shuttle body were closer to Louisiana. A lot of the parts found were broght back here to Palestine to be identified, cataloged, and kept in a hanger. NASA has a Weather and Atmospheric research ballon launching facility here so it became one of the search and recovery head quarters. Search crews of Native American Indians were contracted by the government for a couple of months and lived here to help in the daily search efforts. I have more photos of debries but feel it would be to sad to put more than one or two photos in Pano. The disaster that happened is a tragedy and should not be treated as a spectacle. Thankyou for your intrest on this. Have a good evening, henry
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Thankyou Manec for the Like and Fav. Good to here from you again. Have a great day!
Thankyou for the Like on this somber photo. henry
That's very sad, Henry. How long was the debris there?
Hello Liam, As I was telling "GG" in the paragraph above, there was debris spread over probably a 150 mile long section of East Texas. As the searchers would find the pieces, no matter how small, they would be flagged as in the photo. Then someone with NASA would be contacted to come document, photograph, and collect each one. There were so many little pieces that some would have to be left in place several days before they could be collected. Since this was something they did not know they would be doing, it took at least a couple of days to get propper people in place and the location of where to take the pieces once they had been recovered. The recovery actually took several months to complete because of the woods and wilderness that hade to be gone through all the way to the State line. Thankyou for commenting on this photo and hope to see you in my gallery again. Have a good weekend! henry
Very moving photo, i saw Skylab in 1979 come down now that was amazingly beutiful as it was unmanned at the time but this is sad....
Wow, I bet that was a sight. I remember I was still in the Navy Reserves when Skylab met its end.
Skylab re-entering at night in clear skys was unreal.. pity it was in pre digital age.. Dont think There are any photos of it crashing...
I remember when it ended up comming down. The news reporters were talking about the possible debris hitting stuff. I remeber it sticking in my young head them saying some of the construction was plywood inside, that was incredible to me that it had wood in it. Lol
Tell me Henry, did people die in this accident?
I mean, did the whole shuttle come down, or just parts of it?
Yes, they did, everyone on board was lost. Here is a link to some footage on Columbia.
I see. Seven people.
I do not remember this incident, but I got my son two months later, I probably had my attention focused on other things :-/
Yes, you were probably starting to be very distracted and uncomfortable. :-)
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