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Brenda wrote:

The memories of Columbia and the Crew will forever be etched in my heart and mind, I will never forget. It has been an honor and a privilege to have worked on such an exciting and complex Orbiter. There are so many memories during my 32 years as a Space Shuttle worker (Rockwell, Lockheed, and Boeing combined). I will always remember where I was standing to watch Columbia on it's first launch into space, and sadly enough where I was when Columbia and the Crew was lost over Texas. May we all be proud of the legacy we leave behind. God Bless!

SHERRI wrote:

The better part of my youth was spent here at KSC, from 1981 to the present. I have always felt that this was an interesting place to work. To be able to do what others only dreamed of and to be in the small minority of people in this country that worked at KSC. We are a proud and flexible workforce to be sure and I am so very grateful to have had this opportunity. Times are a changin' and I hope all of us will find new purpose in the near future.

Sharen wrote:

We lost Columbia on my birthday. My father was down here visiting and I remember him calling me to the living room and saying "honey, I think you need to see this". What a shock. I have always felt honored to have had the opportunity to work on and around the orbiters. Never in my wildest dreams, as a child, did I ever see myself standing next to a part of history. As the program comes to a close, I honor those we have lost and salute those who remain. Columbia, you are now a shining star, not only in the heavens, but in our hearts.

Louis wrote:

Congratulations to everyone that has a part of the history of the Space Shuttle. The web site is wonderful.

Mike wrote:

The launch was beautiful. The on-orbit mission was outstanding. February 1, 2003 was the worst day of my professional life. I lost 7 friends and we all lost our Columbia. The days, weeks, and months that followed were filled with the widest range of emotions possible. The recovery and reconstruction we accomplished were performed in a manner that still inspires me to this day. In the midst of our grief, we made friends for life. And it's that fact that will highlight my career forever.

Danny wrote:

I remember watching this, horrified when it exploded, hoping against hope there was some magicall force that could save their lives...I so wish there could have been...

Allen wrote:

Columbia and her heroic crews made our nation, our agency, and our KSC family proud.

David wrote:

I was in California working Shuttle design integration from 1974 to 1979 before coming back to KSC to work Shuttle Launch ops. I was able to witness the final years of Columbia's assembly. Some people thought the vehicle was a bit ugly however I saw her as beautiful and scary; beautiful because I knew what her capabilities would and scary as well because of the plan to make the first launch a manned launch. I was a little nervous sitting on the integration console for launch and very relieved that she made it to orbit safely. On the drive home I was proud to hear a radio commercial for a fine beverage: " ........Shuttle Team; this Buds' for you! "

Paul wrote:

Sad to see it end.

STEPHEN wrote:

Columbia was the OJT vehicle here at KSC. The experience level went from 10 to 90% on this one.&nbsp; <p>TJ was a great leader on this one.</p>

Jon wrote:

We are lucky Columbia lives on in the education she has provided us about the perils of space travel.

Todd wrote:

I remember watching the Columbia lift-off while watching on a black & white television located in my elementary school classroom. Throughout the years, I would often reflect on the historic aspects of this particular shuttle everytime that it would lift-off once again to make the return to space. Today, one of my co-workers actually worked to support Columbia's first mission back in 1981. So long as the memory of the Space Shuttle Columbia stays alive then it continues to have life beyond its' tragic end.

Thomas wrote:

I was watching tv when I saw the news about the columbia, it was very sad, I just applied to work at usa and got hired the end of April, not to long after the accident, its been a blessing ever since, to work with such an awesome technology the space shuttle, all i can say is thats its been a blessing to me to work here and its going be missed

Scott wrote:

I have many great memories of performing Thermal Protection System (TPS) modifications on OV-102 for its return to flight mission STS-28. I worked over the whole vehicle from 1988 through March 1995 as a TPS Inspector. From launches at Kennedy's Pads 39A and 39B to landings at Edwards AFB and KSC we went through much together. The day I heard the news of her fall and that she couldn't protect her crew will remain etched upon my heart forever. I took lessons from that particular failure string that I will spread as far and wide as I can. I hope other will do the same.

Linda wrote:

I have been employed at the KSC since 1990, I was deeply touched by this disaster, still today not really over it.&nbsp; <p>My thoughts and prayers are with the family's.</p>

Judy wrote:

I was employed by Rockwell at KSC for Columbia's maiden voyage. I remember the pride and excitement of that first launch and the devastation felt watching the TV, waiting for it's return from that final mission. The memories of working on Columbia was something that will remain with me for life. As the Program comes to an end may we always feel the pride of working on America's Space Shuttle Program and being part of history!

Sherry wrote:

Columbia was the first orbiter I boarded. She had me mesmerized from that moment on. I spent many a night by her side in the OPF, VAB, and Pads A &amp; B. I worked with her crew during CEIT and had an awe inspiring conversation with Rick Husband. Columbia and her crew will be among my greatest memories here at KSC. I am truly blessed to have had the privilege being in their presence. God Bless Columbia &amp; Crew!

Jerri wrote:

The years sure have flown by when Columbia made her first maiden flight. I remember standing on the outside stairwell of the LCC when she lifted off on that historic moment. I will never forget the fun times I have had while working at Kennedy Space Center on the Space Shuttle Program these last 32 years.

Hector wrote:

I remembered working on the transformation of Pad A to support Shuttle launches [tome flies]. I'm proud to be part of the first hispanic group of engineers from CAAM to start working on the Shuttle program and proud to be in the photo taken at the Pad next to the Shuttle Colombia in 1981 weeks before launch.

Alan wrote:

I had the honor of being the Vehicle Project Manager for Columbia, working for Rockwell/Boeing in this capacity for her last 9 years and 13 launches. She was a fantastic lady, and I was deeply priviledged to have worked with her and the extremely dedicated ground team members...at KSC, JSC, Downey, Huntington Beach, Huntsville, etc. I retired in 2007, after having worked on 139 launches throughout my career, from Apollo on. The loss of Columbia and that fine crew will be forever in my thougths and prayers.

Patricia wrote:

We have entered bravely into the exploration of space, but none quite as bravely as those whose lives are depending on the safe launch, mission and return home. We have lost the bravest of the brave with both Columbia and Challenger. God speed those crews and God bless their families.&nbsp; <p><br /> </p> <p>From a grateful citizen for all that Space Exploration has done to enhance our lives on Earth,&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;Patti Fritchie</p>

Susan wrote:

I have many fond memories of watching shuttle launches and landings. Thanks for the beautiful and thoughtful website!&nbsp; <p><br /> </p> <p>&nbsp;Susie McBrearty Davis</p>

Dionne wrote:

I will never forget the day we lost Columbia and her crew. My thoughts and prayers are continually with the families and those individuals who had a part in helping her to fly. DJackson

Gina wrote:

This is such a bittersweet time for all of us at KSC. We have depended on the shuttle for 30 years and now that time has come to an end. With all the many successes, there have been two tragedies. Fortunately, we have been able to learn from those tragedies to make this the best space program in the world. My heart goes out to the families of those who have sacrified their lives to the shuttle program and I would like to wish God speed to the crews of the remaining two launches. <br/> Gina Parrish

Jane wrote:

I grew up in the area and watched many launches. I began working here in 1980, shortly after Columbia was brought from California with tile work still to do. The OPF area was a thriving mini-city! I have a lot of fond memories of meeting a lot of people, working and partying during those days. It wasn't unusual to have Young and Crippen come to the OPF to watch some of the processing. It was a special time. When Columbia was lost, I was standing on the front door steps of the O&C. I kept thinking it was some sort of RTLS. I still have dreams from time to time about the Orbiter being destroyed.

Mitchell wrote:

Columbia, She was a great ship and will be missed.

Raymond wrote:

great site.

Harvey wrote:

I made two trips to help with the Recovery, what a tragic accident but what a team that went above and beyond for this effort. The VAB is an outstanding display and tribute to Columbia.

Mary Susan wrote:

Dear Nasa and Columbia families: Even thought I did not know any of the crew from Columbia, my father worked on the original Space Shuttle Electrical specs, as he was an aeronautical, electrical, structural engineer. I got to see all of the original pictures and bios on all of the astronauts. My Father George Dalton, felt so excited as he also worked on the X-1 that Chuck Yeager flew and also the first Bell Helicopter and various other planes, and radar equiptment. He knew exactly what had happened with Challenger and was urious about Columbia's tragedy. Being a pilot he too had experienced crashes and tragedies. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of NASA personnel and the families of the Space Shuttle Program. God Bless and Shalom.

Katie wrote:

Watching Columbia lift off on STS-1 is one of my earliest memories, and February 1 2003 my heart broke seeing her die...

Tanus wrote:

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Dan wrote:

I was fortunate enough to go on a tour of the Research and Preservation Office today and I want to say how incredibly moved I was. The first thing I see is the window frames to the crew module, and it was easy to imagine seven people sitting behind them. The stories behind the recovered pieces are both fascinating and somber at the same time. I'm glad so much research and safety improvements were facilitated by this office, but obviously it's the worst possible way to learn something. I'm a new hire and was never part of the Shuttle program, so I want to thank the office for the opportunity to see and learn about this important piece of history.

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Amber wrote:

So sad to be reminded by the Columbia space shuttle explosion :( may the rest in peace. -Amber techlivewire.com

Jacob wrote:

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Leblanc wrote:

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Patrick wrote:

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Alan wrote:

The Columbia astronauts were heros and pioneers. Their sacrifices were not in vain. We need to continue to reach for the stars! Thanks to NASA for keeping their dream alive.

Dlux wrote:

Thanks Columbia!

Carleen wrote:

I toured the Research and Preservation Area in the VAB and it was quite a moving experience. First, because of the sincere gratitude for these brave men and women that gave their lives to keep humanity progressing through space exploration. Second, the sheer marvel of where we have come as a nation and where we are going in the future. Great to see that the incident is being used to teach others the lessons learned about what to do "from now on" and about how important communication is among fellow workers. "Always have the courage to speak up".

Haruka wrote:

Thanks Columbia!