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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: Education Program
Shuttle Orbiter Columbia (OV-102)
Space Shuttle Launch Images
NASA Human Space Flight Program
NASA Home Page
For journalists working on the Space Shuttle disaster, we have put
a list of resources at http://www.ire.org/inthenews.html
There are at least 13 stories in our Resource Center about the Space
that might be of assistance. You can see the complete list of resources on
our "In the News" page. We will update this page as the story develops.
We also are reviewing relevant data in our data library. Keep
that the Space Shuttle is refurbished by contractors from around the
Members may find the Federal Contractors database at
http://notes.ire.org/cfic/fpds/index.html. From this data, the staff has
assembled a special database on Shuttle contractors, which can be ordered
from the library at (573) 884-7711.
And if I may add a site I found helpful.
It has a pretty accurate listing of Columbia's previous flights.
I was having a hard time finding info on NASA's website and found the following elsewhere:
http://www.cbsnews.com/network/news/space/spacestats.html (includes stats on fatalities)
has radar image of debris field and links to data on mission
Trying to find your way around the NASA site due to the tragedy is a challenge.
Here are a few direct links that could save you some time.
107 Press Kit (I've been able to reach the site)
157 Pages .pdf
Space Center, Media Handbook
Media Archive (Photos)
Mission Page (From Eurpean Space Agency)
** Resources for the Columbia Disaster
I normally don't provide events-based information/coverage,
but with Columbia I feel compelled to make an exception.
Some places you can get information/ background on the
NASA Human Spaceflight Site -- http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/
Yahoo's Coverage -- http://tinyurl.com/58lv
Google News Search for "Shuttle Columbia," Sorted by Date --
CNN Coverage --
Coverage from the Journalists' Toolbox:
Extensive Coverage from Poynter.org:
Dmoz.org Directory for Columbia Accident --
Coverage from FloridaToday.com:
Infographics Related to Disaster:
Academic Info Page -- http://www.academicinfo.net/astroshuttle.html
Space.com: Shuttle Missions
The Columbia disaster investigation continues with updates, shuttle archives, and FAQs.
CNN.com: Science and Space
Explore the latest space news. Use NASA Web cams, Video, Space Calendars, and read the
NASA Human Spaceflight
Everything you need to know about NASA's human spaceflight efforts lives at this site. The
categories include news, the International Space Station, space shuttles, Mars, gallery,
NASA Space Shuttle Launches
This site has organized information for each shuttle mission, including Shuttle Manifests
and links to astronaut biographies.
Selection and Training of Astronauts
Find out how astronauts are chosen for the space program and the rigorous training
Given the blanket of media covering the Columbia shuttle disaster, the
best thing we can do is
point you to some primary sources. NASA's Columbia Web site has links to practically all the
information the agency is releasing. That info and NASA's daily teleconferences (available
online via NASA TV) are basically the fodder that the media is digesting and passing on to the
public. While you can find many places from which to follow the press coverage, we
recommend the Space.com archive for completeness and clear organization. The general tone
of worldwide editorial opinion is probably best reflected in the collection of editorial cartoons
about the tragedy at Daryl Cagle's Professional Cartoonist Index. A fantastic independent
resource is a FAQ, continually updated, set up by the folks who inhabit the sci.space.shuttle
and sci.space.history Usenet newsgroups. For a first-rate technical background on the shuttle,
see the "Development of the Space Shuttle" books in our book recommendations, below.
NASA Columbia: http://www.nasa.gov/columbia/
NASA TV: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/
Lost: Space Shuttle Columbia
CNN presents a special report on the loss of the
space shuttle Columbia's flight STS-107 and its seven crew
members on February 1, 2003. The coverage includes
information on the shuttle's past launches and milestones,
the final contact and communication moments with mission
control, and the resulting investigation that followed.
Related crew information, photo galleries, and audio and
video clips augment the news coverage.
Subjects: Columbia (Spacecraft) -- Accidents...
Created by jh
Pictures, Israel, Events: Space Flight
A directory of links related to Colonel Ilan Ramon, an Israeli
astronaut, who died when the Columbia Space Shuttle
crashed on February 1, 2003. Includes links to official
biographies, news articles, speculation about when
Sabbath starts in space, and an essay about Col. Ramon's
mother, a Holocaust survivor.
Subjects: Ramon, Ilan...
Created by kgs
Shuttles Are the Work Horses from Outer Space
This collection of information and links captures the
essence of a space shuttle's work responsibilities, stories
and histories, and past, current, and future ventures, plus
the background and components of the U.S. shuttles
Atlantis, Columbia, Discovery, Endeavour, and Challenger.
Additionally, it includes a video of the space shuttle
Challenger explosion in 1986 and more. From Space Today
Subjects: Space shuttles
Created by jh
Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster Coverage:
Resources, Story Ideas and More
The site is designed for news reporters and editors, and
contains up-to-the-minute coverage of the space shuttle
Columbia disaster on February 1, 2003. Includes links to
various news agencies' coverage, local authorities,
information on the crew members, graphics, radar images,
historical information, and a list of science experiments
conducted during the flight, as well as the Rogers
Commission report on the Challenger explosion in 1986.
This site is an invaluable resource for journalists and
Subjects: Space shuttles...
Created by sek
This space news site reports on breaking news (e.g. the
Columbia flight STS-107 tragedy), current and future shuttle
missions, and launch schedules, plus related space
activities, archived news, and current video clips. Don't
miss the spectacular photo gallery at Features which looks
back on 100 dramatic shuttle launches.
Subjects: Space shuttles...
Created by jh