STS-107 "Columbia" Loss FAQ

“By providing a basic FAQ addressing what are expected to be the most common questions asked by persons new to the sci.space.* heirarchy and/or those regulars who are only now finding out about the tragedy, it is hoped that the degradation of the groups’ signal-to-noise ratio that usually follows events of this nature will be curtailed to a tolerable level, as well as hopefully reduce the level of baseless and…

Texas Amateurs Aid in Shuttle Debris Recovery, Cataloguing

“Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) members in Nacogdoches, Texas, have been assisting local emergency management officials and NASA to locate and catalog debris from the Columbia shuttle.” –Texas Amateurs Aid in Shuttle Debris Recovery, CataloguingNat’l Assoc. for Amataur Radio) My wife and I were married in Dallas and honeymooned in south Texas, which included visits to Nacogdoches and the Houston Space Center. I teach about the Challenger disaster in my…

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Memory of Wrestler

“The year is around 1952, the dead of winter in Chicago. I’m 18 years old, bucking the fierce winds off Lake Michigan and the below-zero temperature as I head across the parking lot to attend classes at the University of Illinois at Navy Pier. I wait freezing while a Cadillac approaches, a yellow convertible with the top down. The driver is immense with a lion’s mane of hair blowing in…