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Columbia Memorial ride report(9 posts)

Columbia Memorial ride reportTig
Feb 4, 2003 1:53 PM
This is more about sites seen than the short ride I took at lunch today. I wanted to get some pictures of the people who were remembering the Columbia astronauts outside the NASA gates while the official memorial was going on inside. Our club, the Space City Cycling Club, visited here at the beginning of our ride Sunday morning. There must be 8 to 10 times more people and flowers than there were on Sunday. I know most of you are getting tired of all the press coverage, but if you were to visit this display of human caring, you'd have a tough time not tearing up.
The media circusTig
Feb 4, 2003 1:55 PM
TV cameras and reporters were everywhere.
Dedication flagTig
Feb 4, 2003 1:59 PM
This flag was full of messages dedicated to the lost astronauts and their families.
Israeli visitorsTig
Feb 4, 2003 2:02 PM
Two Israeli visitors being interviewed by reporters.
A 4-wheel bike?Tig
Feb 4, 2003 2:05 PM
Even this strange 4-wheel bike showed up. With all the engineers around here, you see all types of 'bents as well.
Mourners of all sizes and backgroundsTig
Feb 4, 2003 2:15 PM
I met people from all over the country and world who were visiting. The guy in the olive jacket was Russian. I've met many Russians over the years that worked at Mission Control on joint projects, and most of them wear similar colored jackets. I never asked why so many of them like this color!

I rode around to the back entrance to see the presidential motorcade head back to Air Force 1, but got tired of waiting and decided to instead ride in the pleasant mid 50's weather.
I watched the launch on the 16th ...Humma Hah
Feb 4, 2003 4:27 PM
... from US 1 a little south of Titusville. It's really hard knowing I'm one of the last people to see it in one piece, and was watching as that piece of foam came off and hit the wing.
I watched the launch on the 16th well.....african
Feb 4, 2003 5:26 PM
I have seen 3 launches, two night launches, I was lucky enough to be about 7-8 miles from launch pad one night, awesome. This flight I was outside waiting to see it go. I live on the gulf coast, so on a clear day/night you see it go; amazing sight and I will never forget seeing the last take off of this flight. I hear there was a stationary bike on board?
My wife has watched two, this one and Apollo 13 ...Humma Hah
Feb 5, 2003 3:09 PM
... and she does not want to see another.

I don't think I want her to either.