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Jarnoparoni
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posted 04-13-2011 06:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jarnoparoni   Click Here to Email Jarnoparoni     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have heard they found after the accident the seven astronauts in the ocean in the cabin from the shuttle. Is that correct?

Greggy_D
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posted 04-13-2011 06:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greggy_D   Click Here to Email Greggy_D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, sir. That is true.

Jay Barbree's excellent account of the recovery.

Jay Chladek
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posted 04-13-2011 11:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There had been word that the remains of one of the astronauts may have come loose from the cabin when they recovered it off the ocean floor, but the remains were recovered a few days later. All identifiable remains of the seven astronauts were buried in their own graves according to the wishes of the families while some leftover remains that could not be positively identified to each individual were buried in a single memorial grave at Arlington near Washington DC.

Greggy_D
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posted 04-14-2011 07:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greggy_D   Click Here to Email Greggy_D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, Jay. That account is in the article linked above. The astronaut was identified as Greg Jarvis.

OV-105
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posted 04-15-2011 01:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, I have never seen that account of the Challenger recovery.

Members for my fire department went to Texas as single resources when Columbia was lost. Two captains and one firefighter from my station went and many more from the rest of the department.

Once you are in the USFS system you will get used and we had several members that were on national teams that get sent to run the big fires when they happen. The firefighter at my station was with a Bureau of Indian Affairs hand crew as their GPS mapper and found a remain of one of the Columbia crew members.

hoorenz
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posted 04-15-2011 01:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hoorenz   Click Here to Email hoorenz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is another story. Some typos - about a woman finding a woman on the beach - in fact I believe it was meant to be a 'foot'.

Tykeanaut
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posted 04-15-2011 04:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How terribly sad and upsetting this still is.

AJ
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posted 04-15-2011 11:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AJ   Click Here to Email AJ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was an impressionable 5 year-old at the time of the tragedy, and I can still remember my mother having to explain to me what had happened and why. I held out naive hope for the crew and dreamed of a way that the crew could still be found alive, living with mermaids. I've always been interested in the disaster but in a way it seemed perverse to want to know more. But history is history, no matter how grim. It's important to know the truth and that's the best way to honor those who died. Thanks to those who have posted these articles, I had never read them and was very much interested in doing so.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 04-15-2011 11:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One of the saddest stories was Pearl McNair, Ron's mother, believing her son was still alive, until the day she died.

Fra Mauro
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posted 04-15-2011 06:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fra Mauro   Click Here to Email Fra Mauro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very sobering stories. Perhaps we know too much. Everytime I think of Greg Jarvis, I think of his remains floating back down to the ocean floor. I am suprised that we have haven't heard similiar stories about the remains of the Columbia or Apollo 1 crews.

Neil Aldrin
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posted 04-15-2011 07:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Neil Aldrin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was stunned a few months ago while visiting the Punchbowl National Cemetary on Oahu, HI.

My wife and I were looking for headstones with the date of the Pearl Harbor attack when she said "hey, look over here".

There was the gravesite for Ellison Onizuka.

Rest in peace Challenger 7.

dogcrew5369
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posted 04-16-2011 07:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I will always remember that morning vividly. I was 15 and we were out of school that day, ironically, for the cold snap. We were watching in our living room when Challenger exploded. I was just sitting there in stunned silence. I felt so fortunate that day to be able to watch it fly being out of school. I wished later I hadn't seen it live. Rest in peace Challenger 7.

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