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Space shuttle
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Nan(TX)    Posted 02-01-2003 at 13:23:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi All,
I guess by now you have heard of the terrible tragedy of the space shuttle Columbia disintegrating during re-entry over Texas.
I live in Lufkin Texas that’s about twenty miles south of Nacogdoches were by most reports is the largest debris field found so far. I have been glued to the television like most people but thought I give you a first hand account.
Robert had just taken Roo (our dog) for a walk and was checking on the chooks when he heard what sounded like rolling thunder and multiple explosions. He walked around to the north side of the house to course where it was coming from. It was from the north and lasted what seemed to be about a minute or less. It was exceedingly foggy this morning and he couldn’t see anything. He not only heard the explosion but felt it as well. He remembers thinking to his self this is something really out of the ordinary He even entertained the notion that we were being bombed and wondered if he should hide from the blast or something .I was sleeping in I felt the whole house shake and the rumbling sound of thunder. Then the phone started ringing and the rest of the morning and now after noon watching the TV. In Nac they have found large pieces of wreckage at the small airport and a dentist had a piece fall through his roof another in a bank parking lot.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and loved ones who lost their lives.
Take care Nan

G Taylor    Posted 02-01-2003 at 21:49:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Let's not forget the person's who maintained and serviced the Columbia.
They will never have any peace, always wondering if there was something they should have noticed or done better. The ship which was their pride and joy, killed the crew.
And now they will be grilled by authorities over and over again, no matter if they errored or not. Facing friends, family,colleagues and themselves in the mirror will be heart wrenching.

Nan(TX)    Posted 02-01-2003 at 19:14:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi All,
Les “How far is all that from Texarkana”
Texarkana is about four and a half hours drive north of Lufkin
Dead Carp
The thought of ice fishing sounds like fun. We get cold weather but little to no snow in these parts.
If it were me I’d definitely check over your property for debris including the roofs of any building. We have twenty-eight acres and did the once over .My neighbor did his hay field on a horse. So far we have found nothing unusual.
It is so unreal for me .Wednesday my dog died .She turned eighteen years old on November the seventeenth. I am having a hard time of it even though it was not unexpected. My heart grieves for the family’s of the lost crew and NASA.
I guess now when you see my posts you will know where Lufkin is. I wish you could have found out in a happier way.
Take care Nan

Maggie/TX    Posted 02-01-2003 at 20:45:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nan, I am so sorry about your dog. It is never easy to lose a pet that is actually part of the family, even though she did have a good long life full of love from you.

Oh YES, I know where Lufkin is! We've been going back and forth to the farm right through Lufkin for at least 15 years now. My in-laws just turned it over to my husband about a month ago and they live in Kerrville now. I sure wish we had a horse to use tomorrow, as we'll never cover the 40 acres on foot for a good search. I just feel we need to check the house and shop roofs and at least look around a bit, as every piece found and turned in will help the officials to figure out what happened that much sooner.

Nan(TX)    Posted 02-01-2003 at 21:50:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Maggie don’t forget to look up in the trees. Near are in Hemphill they have recovered human remains a helmet and a patch from a uniform.
Also thank you for your kind words .I keep forgetting she’s gone. The hardest part is when I leave home and return and she’s not here to greet me.
Good luck tomorrow Nan

Maggie/TX    Posted 02-01-2003 at 16:06:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Nan, do ya think that Timpson could be within the fall zone? We've been watching the news and figure it's not totally out of the realm of possibility. DH and I will run up tomorrow to make sure there's no holes in the roof or anything laying around at the "farm" up there.

Lynch in E.TX    Posted 02-02-2003 at 21:02:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
you can pretty much draw a wide straight line from Lufkin and Nacogdoches all the way to the south end of Toledo Bend Res....where we was too spooky. Debris whizzed right over the treetops into the lake. Lynch

DeadCarp - map    Posted 02-01-2003 at 19:50:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here's a pretty good look at that area :)

Maggie/TX    Posted 02-01-2003 at 20:50:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good map, Dead Carp! Our place is between Timpson and Center.

DeadCarp    Posted 02-02-2003 at 03:39:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh heck, you're within about 20 miles of the re-entry path then - no doubt be some bits straying that far.
BTW, did you know the easy way to gather metorites? Clean a pieplate real good and set it outside overnite. Since most bb-sized or bigger meteorites burn up on entry, only the little ones survive the atmosphere. The dust you'll find in the pieplate in the morning is actual meteorites :)

DeadCarp    Posted 02-01-2003 at 15:46:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for that local report Nan - i was wondering if any posters noticed anything - keep us informed, everybody was at the next town's ice-fishing derby today but there were enough radios on .... :)

Les...fortunate    Posted 02-01-2003 at 15:07:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks, Nan. How far is all that from Texarkana? I was there once back in '87 when I was going to school in North Little Rock. Took a trip one day. Took I-30 (?) down to Texarkana, then south into the extreme NW corner of LA, (Caddo Parris), then west into Texas, north into OK and back to Little Rock all in the same day. Prolly didn't drive 5 miles in LA but I do remember stopping and taking some pictures of some old oil pumping rigs there. Don't see anything like that around here.
The date was January 31, a Saturday.

JIM/PA    Posted 02-02-2003 at 15:57:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
My thoughts 'n prayers go out to the families of the astronauts.But I'm curious,what are the reasons for these manned orbits of the earth? What have we gained(other than Teflon and WD-40, both of which we can do without) that justifies the expense of the billions and billions of your tax dollars? It seems to be like professional sports,totally unecessary.Someone please enlighten me.:>(

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