Sunday, February 2, 2003

Timeline of Columbia flight



The Associated Press

A timeline of events in the last flight of space shuttle Columbia. All times EST.

Jan. 16, 10:39 a.m. - Columbia rockets into orbit from Kennedy Space Center.

Feb. 1, 8:15 a.m. - Columbia fires braking rockets, streaks toward touchdown.

9 a.m. - Mission Control loses all data and contact with Columbia crew.

9 a.m. - Residents of Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana report hearing "a big bang" and seeing flames in the sky.

9:16 a.m. - Columbia's scheduled landing.

9:29 a.m. - NASA declares emergency.

9:44 a.m. - NASA warns residents to stay away from possibly hazardous debris.

11 a.m. - NASA lowers flag next to its countdown clock at Cape Canaveral, Fla., to half-staff.

2:05 p.m. - President Bush: "Columbia is lost; there are no survivors."




(Complete Columbia coverage at Cincinnati.com)

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