February 01, 2018

Columbia Falls

It was a Saturday morning.  I remember that very clearly.  I slept in until 10am, dragged myself into Pond Central's kitchen, grabbed a can of caffeine, and made my way to the computer desk.  Connected to AoL via dialup.  And there, on the front page, was news that made this Shuttle geek's blood run cold.  Columbia had broken up upon re-entry, taking the crew of seven souls with her.  I remember calling Momzerduck and telling her what had happened and her being... not so very interested, which annoyed me.  CNN was on all day, and I couldn't believe it had happened again.  Unsurprisingly, information as to what exactly had happened was sketchy, but there was video a-plenty.  Enough, in fact, that a fan of space flight and talented video editor gathered it all together and put together the best "video timeline" of the event I've seen... ever.

I remember downloading this from... kazaa, maybe?... and wondering why the networks never did something like it.  To this day, it astonishes me... both the video itself and that it was never duplicated.

Fifteen years.  Go read Brickmuppet's tribute... he does a much better job than I ever could.

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