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breaking news

CNN is reporting that NASA lost contact with the space shuttle Columbia, right before it was supposed to land.

More as it happens.

update: FOX News is showing video of the shuttle breaking up.

NASA is asking that people in the Dallas area be on the lookout for debris.

From Glenn, a link to the real time updates at the Spaceflight Now site.

1429 GMT (9:29 a.m. EST)

Search and rescue forces are now being deployed, NASA says.

I hope it really is a rescue mission.

Apparently it will not be a rescue mission at all. There's no point in updating this constantly, as everyone is probably watching tv. But I will post the poem that Dean just sent me and leave it at that.

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of- wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never Lark, or even Eagle flew -
And while with silent lifting mind, I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

- John Gillespie Magee, Jr, 1922-1944

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Comments

Its not a rescue mission, not with the velocity involved (12,000mph according to Fox News)

God, this is horrible.

Someone on ABC is saying that if the cabin stayed intact, there's a chance there could be survivors.

I think that's a very slim chance, but I hope it's true.

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I'm listening to an interview with Buzz Aldrin and he doesn't sound hopeful.

Yeah, the cabin might have been intact, but it would have hit the ground at over 12,500mph.

This is so sad and scary! :-(

What Dean said. In spades.

I just called a friend of mine who lives in Dallas and he told me he heard it and his kids even were scared it was a bomb. How tragic.

we were just talking about the challenger here a few days ago...this is terrible...I better not see any fuckers celebrating because Israel's first astronaut was lost.

Of course, Bill, but the commenter said that the astronauts were wearing protective suits & parachutes & that, in theory, they could eject once they lost enough altitude & parachute down.

I think that it's highly unlikely that anyone survived, from the video I've seen, even if they did eject. Just commenting on what I heard.

So sad. Maybe after a tradgedy like this we can find a bigger budget for NASA. We have been cutting thier budget regulary for years. But they are not a bus company. We all benefit from the space program. Maybe someone could start a non-profit org to raise money for NASA. I wonder how well that would go over?

What a sad, sad, day.

Equally worrying is that it won't take massive pieces of debris to cause some serious damage on the ground. I hope people weren't standing around underneath the break-up or they're in for a nasty surprise.

RIP, Columbia crew. Thanks for High Flight, Dean. Beat me to it. I think R Reagan memorialized Challenger crew with it.

Rita,

Yeah, I've heard some of the same things. I wonder if a parachute would hold together at that speed...or if the human body would.

I was just wondering, how are the people on the International Space Station going to get home?

Dynamic forces at those altitudes and speeds are incredibly high. My opinion-no chance for survival.

I am still hoping against hope that they did survive, even though my mind knows rationally that there is only a slim chance.

oh fuck. i'm glad to have heard the news from you, tho. oh my god.

This is the first place I read about this. My soul just went cold as I read the words. My God.

I was at the '86 Challenger launch and met the astronauts and Christa McAuliffe. I was 13 at the time and it was the worst day of my life until my dad died and then 9/11. Today just became part of my top four days of hell. I can't stop crying. FUCK to the millionth degree.

You hit the nail on the head, Dean.

The bad news is, and I don't like saying this, but re-entry has been a deathtrap since we started launching humans.

I can't believe I'm being coherent.

Aw crap, Buzz Aldrin's losing it on Tv.

damn.

I feel awful for the families of the six lost.....I remove my own tinfoil hat and refuse to speculate on the tragedy in honor of the astronauts.
It is indeed extremely cold and in poor taste to do so.
I don't care much for the religious comments, but if it brings some comfort to the families it serves a purpose.