Farewell Columbia

From: Willie Koorts (wpk@saao.ac.za)
Date: Mon Feb 03 2003 - 09:29:39 EST

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    Hi Folks
    Due to the Shuttle being in "free flight" (a non-ISS flight), we had good
    visibility for a chance - a pass at ~21H30 every night for about a week
    and a half.  The weather played along and I managed to go out and "greet"
    them flying over almost every night.
    This weekend I was at a remote observatory and on Friday night we all
    watched it pass over for the final visible pass from here.  I actually
    even said "Goodbye" to them out loud!
    Being isolated, I only learned about the tragic event driving back on
    Sunday, when stopping off at a shop and seeing the paper headline.  Great
    was my shock to find that my "Goodbye" suddenly took on a whole different
    Sincere condolences to all involved from down South.
    	                        Willie Koorts 
           Cape Town,  Observatory   33d 56' 03"S   18d 28' 36"E   GMT + 2h
           Wellington, South Africa  33d 38' 56"S   19d 00' 52"E   GMT + 2h
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