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East Texas Remembers Columbia Disaster, Ten Years Later

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Most everyone vividly remembers the images on the news.  We remember the booms, the vibrations, the different thoughts that crossed our minds as to what could have caused these thunderous noises on a clear day.  At 7:59 a.m., on the morning of February 1st, 2003, first came the sounds, and then after the news reports and the scattered debris, the realization that East Texas had been engraved in history as one of the sites of the worst disasters in NASA’s history.

The Space Shuttle Columbia had broke apart during re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, killing all 7 aboard.  Commander Rick Husband, co-pilot William McCool, specialists Kalpana Chawla, Laurel Clark, Michael Anderson, David Brown, and Ilan Ramon, an Israeli fighter pilot all lost their lives 10 years ago this morning.

At 7:59 this morning on KICKS 105, a bell will toll for each of the souls.

Do you remember where you were and what you thought when you first heard the booms?  What was your reaction when you realized the scope of the situation?

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