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meatballwhite.gifThis morning at around 9am NASA lost contact with the Orbiter Columbia right as it was preparing to land. It was at an altitude of 200,700 feet traveling at about 12,500 mph when it was last heard over the northern part of Texas.

This mission was particularly sensitive as the first Israeli astronaut, Ilan Ramon, was aboard this mission. Six american astronauts were aboard as well.

Here is NASA's official site for STS-107. It lists the crew, the milestones and some other facts about the mission.

3 Responses to "Columbia"

  1. I woke up this morning to this nightmare; I'd been tracking the mission since its launch. This is horrible.

  2. Completely horrible. It'll be weeks before we know why, as well. I'm still rather shocked...

  3. Radar of breakup

    Spaceflight Now | STS-107 | Radar image shows debris Weather radar appears to show shuttle debris