Space Shuttle Columbia

7:34am

Fri May 9, 2014
Commentary

Gary Borders: NASA still amazes and inspires, even in its diminished state

A view of the Kennedy Space Center Rocket Garden.

Commentator Gary Borders can’t quell his fascination with NASA and the space shuttle program. It’s a passion that grew out of boyhood experiences.

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8:48am

Fri February 1, 2013
Local

East Texas poet to recite his elegy to fallen astronauts

Jacksonville philosophy professor Peter Hoheisel will read his poem "Unplanned Destination" as part of the 10th anniversary remembrance of the Space Shuttle Columbia.
Credit Peter Hoheisel

Ten years after the Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart over East Texas, many communities are hosting exhibits and memorial services. NASA is holding a public memorial service at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. On the fateful morning in 2003, NASA’s James Hartsfield narrated the scene.

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7:35am

Fri February 1, 2013
Commentary

Gary Borders: On covering the Columbia disaster, the local angle

Two National Guardsmen stand over a piece of the Columbia Shuttle that landed in downtown Nacogdoches on Feb. 1, 2003.
Credit Andrew Brosig

Commentator Gary Borders recalls the fateful day when the Space Shuttle Columbia rained down over East Texas.

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12:22pm

Thu January 31, 2013
Local

Hemphill, Texas, honors the Columbia crew and its legacy

Seven astronauts were aboard STS-107, the Columbia Mission Crew.

Events marking the 10th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster are being held across East Texas. Three days of events are under way in Hemphill, Texas. Belinda Gay, president of the Sabine County Columbia Memorial Committee, said Columbia is part of the fabric of her life. She was a volunteer searcher for wreckage and a meal coordinator for thousands of recovery workers who descended on her town. She said the Columbia disaster brought the space program into focus for her.

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