The Space Shuttle Challenger

Today is the anniversary of the Shuttle Challenger explosion.

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Why did the NASA engineers want to postpone Challenger’s launch?

They wanted to wait for the Fourth of July.

What does NASA stand for?

Need Another Seven Astronauts.

What did Christa McAuliffe say to her husband before she boarded Challenger?

While I’m gone you feed the kids and the dog ans when I get back I’ll feed the fish.

Contrary to popular belief, Felix Baumgartner wouldn’t be the first person to break Mach 1 in freefall – he’d be the 8th after the entire crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986……..

Christa’s eyes were blue.

One blew this way and one blew that way.

Why did the crew of the Challenger die?

NASA couldn’t afford a Blaupunk stereo AND a back up escape system.

judith-resnik-and-christa-mcauliffeMy girlfriend said she wanted to be the woman to get fucked on a Space Shuttle.

I think the girls on Challenger beat her to it.


Did you know that NASA has a new space drink?

Ocean Spray – It was their second choice because they couldn’t get 7-UP.

What does a sea lion and  the Challenger have in common?

They’re all looking for a tight seal.

What did the kids watching the Challenger launch scream?


What’s the difference between the Patriots and the Challenger?

The Patriots made it past Miami.


What About the Columbia?

What goes up and doesn’t come down?


NASA now stands for Need Another Shuttle Again.

What does the Shuttle Columbia and Ted Bundy have in common?

They both left bodies in four different states.

The Sheriff in Midland, Texas found a severed penis in the middle of Main Street.

He immediately identified it as a Shuttle Cock.

NASA determined that the Challenger and Columbia crashes are connected.

The shuttles are blowing up in alphabetical order.

What should you do if you find a piece of the Space Shuttle Columbia?

Sell it on eBay.

Why aren’t NASA engineers good at crossword puzzles?

They couldn’t get seven up or seven down.

Why can’t the Republican’s keep politics out of the Columbia investigation?

They keep blaming it on the left wing!

What did the crew of Columbia miss while they were in orbit?

The Runway.


The “Last Words” from Challenger.

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“All shuttle astronauts carry personal recorders and the tape in question apparently came from Christa’s (McAuliffe), which was recovered after the shuttle disaster,” said Hotz. Jarvis was sitting beside her, and when he figured out what was happening he said, “Give me your hand.”

“NASA insists there’s nothing like that on tape but they’re talking about the mission tape, not Christa’s. So they’re not lying, but they’re not telling the truth, either.”

A journalist with close ties to NASA was even more emphatic, “There are persistent rumors, dating back to the disaster, that this tape is absolutely bone-chilling.”

The following transcript begins two seconds after NASA’s official version ends, with pilot Michael Smith saying, “Uh-oh!” Times from the moment of takeoff are shown in minutes and seconds and are approximate. The sex of the speaker is indicated by M or F.

T+1:15   (M)   What happened? What happened? Oh God, no – no!

T+1:17   (F)   Oh dear God.

T+1:18   (M)   Turn on your air pack! Turn on your air…

T+1:20   (M)   Can’t breathe… choking…

T+1:21   (M)   Lift up your visor!

T+1:22   (M/F)   (Screams.) It’s hot. (Sobs.) I can’t. Don’t tell me… God! Do it…now…

T+1:24   (M)   I told them… I told them… Dammit! Resnik don’t…

T+1:27   (M)   Take it easy! Move (unintelligible)…

T+1:28   (F)   Don’t let me die like this. Not now. Not here…

T+1:31   (M)   Your arm… no… I (extended garble, static)

T+1:36   (F)   I’m… passing… out…

T+1:37   (M)   We’re not dead yet.

T+1:40   (M)   If you ever wanted (unintelligible) me a miracle… (unintelligible)… (screams)

T+1:41   (M)   She’s… she’s… (garble) … damn!

T+1:50   (M)   Can’t breathe…

T+1:51   (M/F)   (screams) Jesus Christ! No!

T+1:54   (M)   She’s out.

T+1:55   (M)   Lucky… (unintelligible).

T+1:56   (M)   God. The water… we’re dead! (screams)

T+2:00   (F)   Goodbye (sobs)… I love you, I love you…

T+2:03   (M)   Loosen up… loosen up…

T+2:07   (M)   It’ll just be like a ditch landing…

T+2:09   (M)   That’s right, think positive.

T+2:11   (M)   Ditch procedure…

T+2:14   (M)   No way!

T+2:17   (M)   Give me your hand…

T+2:19   (M)   You awake in there? I… I…

T+2:29   (M)   Our Father… (unintelligible)…

T+2:42   (M)   …hallowed be Thy name… (unintelligible).

T+2:57   (M)   You…over there?

T+2:58   (M)   The Lord is my shepherd, I shall… not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures… though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil… I will dwell in the house…

T+3:15 to end.   None. Static, silence.

Rest in Peace

UFO Hoax Video Dishonors Columbia Heroes

Here’s a change of pace.  A UFO video that I DON’T believe.

A video has been posted on The Liberty Digest that claims that The Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-107) was shot down by UFO’s.  The destruction of Columbia on reentry and death of her crew was tragic enough.  There is no place for video shenanigans which use the tragedy to further personal agendas.  To joke about the crash is in bad taste but to pass something off as fact in beyond the pale. 

Like this:

Q: What do the Columbia crash and Ted Bundy have in common?

A: They both left bodies in four different States.

See? That was funny because we were joking.  This video just lies and lies poorly.

Watch the video before I rip it apart….

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WOW! Wasn’t that  Earth shaking?  Read the following and replay the video and listen closely starting at 9:24.

9:24 Gemini VII:  “Gemini Seven  Gemini Seven  How do you read?”

9:27  Houston:  “Loud and clear. Seven. Go ahead.”

9:29  Gemini VII: “I have a bogey at 10 o’clock high. “

9:31  Houston: “This is Houston. Say again, VII. “

9:34  Gemini VII: “Said we have a bogey at 10 o’clock high. ”

9:45  STS 73 Catherine Coleman :“We have an unidentified flying object.”

9:52  Apollo 12 Pete Conrad- “It seems to be tagging along with us.”

So much for NASA transmissions. 

Always remember to avoid obvious mistakes when photoshopping a picture.

Columbia had no NASA logo on her fuselage. So what is this one doing there.

The video goes on to explain that the shot of the International Space Station was to “calibrate their camera”.  I take test shots with my camera all the time but the ISS was on the other side of the planet when Columbia was on her re-entry trajectory.  I think the hoaxers added the ISS shot as cool filler material.

Come to think of it, where did the pictures of the “wreckage” come from anywhere?  After Columbia the ISS started to document the condition of Shuttles AS THEY UNDOCKED FROM THE ISS.  There was some effort to get pictures of shuttle launches from the ISS.  Maybe that’s where the hoaxers got this idea from.  Once again, orbital mechanics prevent the ISS to be close enough to see the rentry.  If the ISS were close enough it would also be on a reentry trajectory and burn up in the atmosphere.

This is a “UFO Picture” of Endeavour. (STS 126) not Columbia. Note that the bay doors are open.

Discovery has the NASA logo but not Columbia.