Roll On, Columbia, Roll On

  1. On a Saturday morning 10 years ago, some of us got up to watch the space shuttle land — space flight an almost-routine occurrence as the sharp pangs of Challenger faded to memory. And then Columbia disappeared, jarring us out of that complacency about space flight, reminding a nation that years of safe roundtrips didn’t erase the risk, ripping the heart of NASA, changing families forever.  Mike Massimo, @Astro_Mike to those of us who follow him on Twitter, used the medium that didn’t exist a decade ago to share some of his memories about the people who got to live their dreams by flying through space on STS-107:
  2. Today is the 10 year anniversary of the Space Shuttle Columbia accident, I miss my friends but have awesome memories of each of them
  3. My favorite memory of Laurel Clark: taking our families together to the Children’s Museum in Houston, she was always fun to be around
  4. My favorite memory of Willie McCool: watching him give my one year old son a ride in a rolling chair through the halls of NASA
  5. My favorite memory of Rick Husband: eating his nacho recipe and hearing him talk about his family and flying jets, I miss you buddy
  6. My favorite memory of Dave Brown: going to wrap party for the movie “Armageddon” at the Kennedy Space Center and hangin with the movie stars
  7. My favorite memory of Kalpana “KC” Chawla: meeting and escorting her family during her first space launch at the Kennedy Space Center in ’97
  8. My favorite memory of Ilan Ramon is sharing Christmas together with our family and friends just before his spaceflight
  9. My favorite memory of Mike Anderson: flying in a T-38 together to Kansas and talking about spacewalking along the way, he was always smiling
  10. ‘Mission of Hope’ finds uplifting story within the shuttle Columbia tragedy – Cosmic Log… via @NBCnews
  11. And from others inside the program and out:
  12. #InMemorial RT @FragileOasis
    Journey of the human spirit goes on. Earth’s moon from Space Shuttle #Columbia 26 Jan 2003
  13. #inmemoriam The bright sun dissects the airglow above Earth’s horizon in this photograph taken on STS-107:
  14. 10 years ago today #Israel’s 1st astronaut Col. Ilan Ramon perished in Space Shuttle Columbia. We salute him.
  15. Thinking of the crews of Apollo 1, Challenger and Columbia today during NASA’s Day of Remembrance
  16. Remembering the crew of STS-107, aboard Space Shuttle Columbia, lost 10 years ago today.
  17. #inmemoriam STS-107 Mission Specialist David Brown undergoes pre-flight training in a @NASA_Johnson airlock:
  18. Un día como hoy pero del 2003 el transbordador COLUMBIA estalla al volver a la tierra
  19. * As far as I know, Woody Guthrie wasn’t thinking of flights to the moon when he wrote Roll On, Columbia. The song, sung to the tune of ‘Good Night, Irene’ is an ode to a then-contemporary major feat of engineering, combining the power of rivers with the majesty of the Grand Coulee Dam.