“NASA declared an emergency after losing communication with space shuttle Columbia as the ship soared over Texas several minutes before its expected landing time Saturday morning.”
“Police in Nacogdoches, Texas, reported ‘numerous pieces of debris’ both inside the city limits and in Nacogdoches County.”
Listening to NPR this morning: “Eerie quiet at Kennedy Space Center.”
I remember a few years ago, seeing the shuttle pass over Austin. We went outside, and it seemed half the neighborhood was also out in the streets, looking up. I wondered aloud if we’d be able to see anything. We squinted at the clouds, and other imagined dots in the sky. And then, the sky lit up — a huge streak across the sky as the shuttle passed. An amazing sight.