07 March 2003 - Friday -
More on the
ongoing investigation. Columbia debris is being
reassembled for analysis (not like rebuilding it, just arranging the
wreckage to see if any patterns are visible).
Debris Search Continues, CAIB Holds Public Hearing
The investigation into the loss of Space Shuttle Columbia and its crew
continued this past week. Friday, searchers were looking for debris in Texas.
Thursday, officials announced that more than 103,000 acres have been searched. The
search for debris is being coordinated by the Federal Emergency Agency.
Also, check out the list of
in the southwestern United States that may contain shuttle debris.
video tribute to the Columbia crew or download the memorial for
viewing later from KSC's Columbia
Tribute page. To view other memorial service and press conference videos, go
to KSC's Columbia site.
Additional information on the Columbia accident investigation is located
on the NASA home page.
On March 11,
the CAIB will hold a press briefing at [2PM EST/1900 GMT] at the Lunar
Planetary Institute for Advanced Space Studies in Houston, Texas.
NASA TV Schedule
STS-107 Payload Commander
Michael Anderson was
buried today at
Arlington National Cemetery. Rest In Peace...
06 March 2003 - Thursday - At the CAIB Public Hearing today,
Board members grilled NASA
contractor control of the
Shuttle program. Sean O'Keefe
said that NASA is in
danger of losing their best
engineering talent through
Columbia Accident Investigation Board Holds Public Hearing
The Columbia Accident Investigation Board held a public hearing
Thursday at the University of Houston - Clear Lake campus. Board Chairman
retired Navy Admiral Harold W. Gehman Jr. and other board members asked
questions of selected individuals, including Johnson Space Center Director
Jefferson D. Howell Jr. and Space Shuttle Program Manager Ron Dittemore.
In response to a request by Gehman,
three new members
were named to the investigation board Wednesday. The new members are Nobel
Prize laureate in physics Douglas Osheroff, former NASA astronaut and
physicist Dr. Sally Ride and George Washington University Space Policy
Institute Director Dr. John Logsdon.
As of Wednesday, NASA had received 6,541 still images and 34
videos relating to Columbia -- including re-entry, debris, etc. -- from
the public and the media.
See photos releases from
CAIB. The next press briefing
will be held on Tuesday, March 11th, at 2PM EST (1900 GMT).
04 March 2003 - Tuesday - The
keeps on rolling.
space weather a factor in the disaster? NASA
rejected a bid to replace some
top-level people on the investigation team.
Investigation Board Has Good Week; To Hold Hearing Thursday
a briefing Tuesday, the Columbia Accident Investigation Board
updated reporters on the progress of the inquiry into the loss of Space
Shuttle Columbia and its seven-member crew on Feb. 1. The board’s
chairman, retired Adm. Harold W. “Hal” Gehman Jr., said that the past week
has been a good one for the investigation. He was joined by three members,
each representing one of the board’s three groups.
The investigation board will hold a
hearing Thursday from [11AM to 3PM EST/1600 to 2100 GMT] at the
Bayou Theatre on the University of Houston - Clear Lake campus. Gehman and
other members will hear from individuals who have been asked to appear
before the board to answer questions about the NASA Space Shuttle program.
will provide coverage for most of the event. NASA TV will cut away from
the hearing from [12:45 to 1:15PM EST/1745 to 1815 GMT] to air a
previously scheduled International Space Station education event.
In the search for debris, the accident investigation board
reported that 22,563 pieces have been found, with 16,063 being identified
as of Tuesday. The found debris weighs 14,560 kilograms (32,100 pounds),
which is about 13.7 percent of the shuttle’s original weight.
Tuesday in Texas, 39 ground search crews deployed from Nacogdoches,
35 from Hemphill, 34 from Palestine and 50 from Corsicana. Once again, low ceilings kept
search aircraft grounded. In California, a search of the coastline north
of Columbia’s re-entry track did not yield any debris. Poor weather
continues to delay the search in Nevada and New Mexico.
JSC Media Roundtable Transcript
JSC flight engineers Bob Doremus and Jeff Kling discussed e-mails they
exchanged with colleagues during Columbia's mission. Roundtable held at
the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas on Feb. 26.
+ View Acrobat PDF (306 Kb)
A Letter From The Columbia Crew Families
The Columbia crew families express gratitude for overwhelming public
support. Charitable funds are now available for contributions.
+ Read more
+ Visit STS-107 Memorial Funds website
Here's some more sources for the Columbia crew-cabin video:
+ View the video (RealMedia)
+ View the video (JPL RealMedia source)
+ View the video (KSC RealMedia source)
+ View the video (additional RealMedia source)
03 March 2003 - Monday - The
as NASA seeks
eyewitnesses to the
shortcuts taken during the
manufacturing of the
External Tank, causing
insulation to strike the
rose to orbit? Could
adverse space weather have affected the flight? Over the weekend, the
two new media events, and on Friday,
released a piece of
video shot inside Columbia's cabin before the
Investigation Board to Hold Press Briefing, Public Hearing
The Columbia Accident Investigation Board announced that it will hold a
briefing Tuesday at [2PM EST/1900 GMT] and a
hearing from [11AM to 4PM EST/1600 to 2100 GMT] Thursday. The
press briefing will will take place at the Lunar and Planetary Institute
in Houston, Texas, and the public hearing will be held at the University
of Houston - Clear Lake. Tuesday's press briefing will be carried on
NASA TV Schedule
In the field, searchers continue to recover material from the
Space Shuttle Columbia, including thermal protection tiles, structural
parts and communications equipment. Monday in Texas, 39 ground search
crews deployed from Nacogdoches, 35 from Hemphill, 34 from Palestine and
50 from Corsicana -- low ceilings kept all aircraft on the ground Monday.
crews have collected about 1,200 pieces of
suspected shuttle debris after searching nearly 3,000 acres in the Texas
counties of Cherokee and Nacogdoches. The Hemphill crews have found 60
pieces in 1,800 acres in Sabine County. Palestine crews have found 177
pieces in 2,575 acres in Anderson and Cherokee Counties. Corsicana crews
have found 214 pieces after searching 2,500 acres in Navarro County.
Dive teams led by the U.S. Navy continued their search efforts
in Toledo Bend reservoir and Lake Nacogdoches, refining techniques for
finding shuttle items using sonars and trained divers.
No confirmed pieces of shuttle material have been found along
the California coast, though volunteers continue to look for any evidence
of debris that might have fallen in the ocean and drifted to shore as
Columbia continued its journey eastward on Feb. 1. Weather continued to
postpone search activities in Nevada and New Mexico.
Correspondence between NASA Administrator and Columbia Accident Investigation Board Chairman
Admiral Gehman requests change of personnel on Columbia investigation
team in letter dated Feb. 25, 2003. Administrator O'Keefe offers
additional personnel from outside the Shuttle program to work with the
Board in letter dated Feb. 28.
+ Read Board request in Acrobat PDF ( 143 Kb)
+ Read NASA response in Acrobat PDF (125 Kb)
Also, it was announced today that
fall's Soyuz Taxi Flight to the
ISS (Soyuz TMA-3) will carry the
bumped from May's flight (Pedro
STS-95) and most likely a two-man Expedition 8 crew.
return with the Expedition 7 crew. Expedition 6, currently aboard the
ISS, has reached their
100-day mark in space. Will Russia be able to
keep up with the
increased demand for spacecraft?