From CNN: Human remains thought to be of Columbia crew, and a partial list of debris found.

A day later, a chance to absorb and reflect. Below is an excerpt from an email I sent a good friend:



*sigh* well, I guess it was bound to happen at some point. There's nothing routine about space, after all, and there have been warnings over NASA's lack of funding for years. I saw the pic of the helmet, which looks almost like it came from a NASA mission 40 years ago after 200,000 feet of burning and tumbling.

I cant think of anyone I knew growing up who didn't have some kind of space- or shuttle-related stuff. I remember a vinyl inflatable shuttle orbiter that I had and a number of plastic models. Of course, the Air & Space museum was my favorite and I'd clamor for a stop at the gift shop before going home. LOL, that goddamn astronaut ice cream was really pretty terrible...but for some reason, we all loved it. I think the last piece of memorabilia I bought was an Estes space shuttle rocket kit, from a trip to Florida that I took with my parents after 6th grade.

I could go on and on. Stuff like remembering the day when Challenger exploded, and (perhaps more importantly) the day when Columbia went back to space in 1988. Then there was the first time the shuttle docked with the ISS -- I was probably the only person in my office streaming NASA TV that day.

But hey, it's not like the journey is over. Right?

The significance of yesterday’s events largely hinge on the operation of the Columbia investigation committee. I think the next few weeks or months will be extremely important to our future in space, for better or for worse.

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