Remembering Columbia; Five Years Ago Today

Columbia Shuttle Crew
Space shuttle Columbia crew members (left to right, front row) Rick Husband, Kalpana Chawla, William McCool, (back row) David Brown, Laurel Clark, Michael Anderson and Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon are shown in this undated photo. (NASA/File/AP)

Feb 1, 2008 (SHREVEPORT TIMES) — Streaks of white disturbed the bright blue sky of Feb. 1, 2003, as Jerry Moncrief stepped out on his back porch. “I thought it was a comet or something — it was coming apart. There was nothing but a bright white light, like a shooting star at night.”

In northern Caddo Parish, sheriff’s Deputy John Warner was on a normal Saturday patrol between Hosston and Ida when he saw the same thing. “It kind of looked like those sparklers you had when you were a kid when the pieces come off of it.” Full Report

We could go into conspiracy theories, but instead — for today — let’s pause to remember the men and women aboard the Columbia. We pray for their families and friends as they recall that horrible day, five years ago. And we say thank-you to all in the space program who continue to risk life and limb. — PID

See also:
Columbia Timeline
NASA-TV video of final moments in control room.