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Date: 02/01/03 1:41:11 PM
Subject: NASA STATEMENT ON LOSS OF COMMUNICATIONS WITH COLUMBIA
Headquarters, Washington Feb. 1, 2003
NASA STATEMENT ON LOSS OF COMMUNICATIONS WITH COLUMBIA
A Space Shuttle contingency has been declared in
Mission Control, Houston, as a result of the loss of
communication with the Space Shuttle Columbia at
approximately 9 a.m. EST Saturday as it descended toward a
landing at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla. It was scheduled
to touchdown at 9:16 a.m. EST.
Communication and tracking of the shuttle was lost at 9 a.m.
EST at an altitude of about 203,000 feet in the area above
north central Texas. At the time communications were lost.
The shuttle was traveling approximately 12,500 miles per
hour (Mach 18). No communication and tracking information
were received in Mission Control after that time.
Search and rescue teams in the Dallas-Fort Worth and in
portions of East Texas have been alerted. Any debris that
is located in the area that may be related to the Space
Shuttle contingency should be avoided and may be hazardous
as a result of toxic propellants used aboard the shuttle.
The location of any possible debris should immediately be
reported to local authorities.
Flight controllers in Mission Control have secured all
information, notes and data pertinent to today's entry and
landing by Space Shuttle Columbia and continue to
methodically proceed through contingency plans.
More information will be released as it becomes available.