February 1 2023
On this same date in 2003 I woke up to the news the Space shuttle Columbia broke apart on its re-entry over Texas and scattered it’s remains from Texas to Louisiana. I and others were about to graduate from the Guide dog school in San Rafael, California just north of San Francisco. Such bad news to begin that day.
Since then and recently I read the book “Bringing Columbia Home. A most sad but true accounting of how NASA workers, National guard, sheriff deputies, and volunteers attempted to collect the shuttle parts and human remains. Searching while being followed and badgered by the local and national media. Reporters hoping to report and photograph the twisted wreckage and gruesome remains. Then NASA’s later attempt to lay out the shuttle’s parts at the space center in Florida for engineers to examine.
The book title and authors:
Bringing Columbia home: the untold story of a lost space shuttle and her crew.
By Leinbach, Michael D; Crippen, Robert L; Collins, Eileen; Ward, Jonathan H
Library of Congress annotation:
Chronicle of the investigation of the explosion of the space shuttle Columbia over Texas on its return in 2003. Discusses the cause of the accident, interagency work protocols, and the contributions of volunteers, which allowed for the recovery of crew remains and forty percent of debris. Non-fiction 2018.