Re: Normal Shuttle Reentry

From: The Hoppers (
Date: Mon Feb 03 2003 - 21:38:21 EST

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    I live on the northern edge of the debris field. I have really enjoyed this
    group but have never had much to contribute.  From my observations, I know
    at least some of the tiles or some other parts where smashed to little
    grit-sized/dust-sized  pieces before hitting the ground. Most of
    grit-sized/small gravel-sized pieces hit the ground within the first hour
    after the accident. The dust-sized pieces stayed aloft for much of the day.
    I heard the shuttle as it was breaking apart at 8:00am CST.  The surface
    windspeed  was about 20-30  knots from the South at that time. I was inside
    the house at the time. Sometime from about 8:15am to 8:30am my wife and I
    heard a noise that sounded like rain on the roof of the house for a short
    period of time. At sometime between 8:30-8:45am, I went outside for the
    first time that morning. The air at that time had a burnt odor. Also,
    sometime during this timeframe 8:00am-9:00am I lost the satellite signal
    from Dishnetwork for about 5-10 minutes.
    The largest  piece of debris found near my home (about 2 miles away)  was
    about 12" in diameter and it was metallic as is most of the debris that has
    been recovered. The dust cloud from the accident was trackable by our local
    weather radar for most of the day.
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Harald Edens" <>
    To: <>
    Sent: Monday, February 03, 2003 10:59 AM
    Subject: RE: Normal Shuttle Reentry
    > At 07:38 2003-02-03 -0800, you wrote:
    > >On another subject.. I was very skeptical of the attorney interviewed on
    > >who had a piece of debris hit his but now can't find it. The piece was
    > >enough to put a 1 sq ft hole completely through the roof and tear off
    > >shingles another foot or two around the hole but seems to have
    > >into dust, he says he searched extensively but can't find a trace of
    > >anything.... hmmm
    > >Dale
    > Yes that's suspicious... but might be true.  I have heard of no-one
    > any tiles, actually.  These things are so brittle that I think they get
    > smashed to very little pieces at impact with the ground over 100 mph.  The
    > places where they do remain in one piece are probably over water and soft
    > ground (woods?) where they can remain unnoticed longer.  If such a tile
    > strikes a house or a road there may not be much left of it.  But yes, it
    > would be strange that nothing was found at all, not even small pieces.
    > Harald
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