Lubbock Reacts to the Shuttle Columbia Tragedy - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/1/03

Lubbock Reacts to the Shuttle Columbia Tragedy

On Saturday morning, Tech students watched in shock as news of the space shuttle explosion unfolded. Students expressed deep remorse for those who lost their lives for humanity.

"It's all pretty sad and that guy from Israel, it was his first mission you know, going to the moon and that happened, I mean it's all pretty sad. Seven lives were lost you know. I just sat there and prayed for and asked the Lord to comfort everybody that's mourning over that," says one Tech student.

"My heart goes out to the families. When I was very young, I remember when the Challenger explosion occurred, but I still remember the just overall mood of the nation, next to 9-11, this is the worst tragedy we've had in the past two years," says another Tech student.

"It showing all the history of all the explosions, it just reminded me of the Challenger and it's just really sad."

"I'm sure it's devastating to the program. I mean, the nature of these things always leads to questions and investigations, so I'm sure the program is certainly going to hurt from this, not to mention the devastation to the families, and my understanding is two crew members have ties to Texas Tech so I'm sure it's going to hit our community pretty hard," says another man.

Saturday -- a city mourns. Flags were flown at half staff. Even the Tech baseball team took a moment to honor the crew of Space Shuttle Columbia as the names of the seven crew members were read followed by a moment of silence for each.

The two astronauts with Lubbock ties, William McCool and Rick Husband, will be remembered at the Science Spectrum. Director Sandy Henry told NewsChannel 11 on Saturday that plans are being made to have some of their gear on display. As of yet, Sandy says a day has not been set on when this memorial will open.

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