Shuttle Columbia Lost

From: Gavin Eadie (gavin@umich.edu)
Date: Sat Feb 01 2003 - 12:11:54 EST

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    At 8:42 AM -0800 2/1/03, Patrick Walsh wrote:
    >Just now on NPR a Nasa press relations woman
    >explained that the blackout period is normal, but they
    >never regained contact.
    
    Nasa's home page <http://www.nasa/gov>, carries:
    
    "Communication and tracking of the shuttle was lost at 9 a.m. EST at 
    an altitude of about 203,000 feet in the area above north central 
    Texas. At the time communications were lost, the shuttle was 
    traveling approximately 12,500 miles per hour (Mach 18).  No 
    communication and tracking information were received in Mission 
    Control after that time."
    
    Some information about the nominal descent profile at:
    
        <http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/shuttle/reference/shutref/sts/profile.html>
    
    Thoughts and prayers ...
    
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