On Lunar New Year’s Day, the Columbia space shuttle exploded upon re-entry into the Earth. I was saddened to hear of such a tragic end to the seven people aboard, and even more sad to know the families and friends whom are left behind to mourn.
An excerpt from a Reuters article:
“Those killed on Saturday when the Columbia broke up over Texas included shuttle commander Rick Husband, pilot William McCool, payload commander Michael Anderson, payload specialist Ilan Ramon, an Israeli Air Force colonel, payload specialist Dr. Laurel Clark, payload specialist Dr. David Brown and payload specialist Kalpana Chawla, a naturalized American born in Karnal, India.
“Thousands of pieces of the shuttle had been discovered by Monday night, including the nose section, which was reported found embedded in a wooded area near Hemphill, near the Louisiana border, said Sabine County Sheriff Tom Maddox, who added NASA would have to verify it was the front part of the space vehicle.”