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NASA Releases Columbia Crew Cabin Video

Glenn Mahone/Bob Jacobs
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1600)

Eileen M. Hawley
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

Feb. 28, 2003


Flight-deck video, taken by members of the Space Shuttle Columbia crew on Feb. 1, will be released at 1 p.m. EST today on NASA Television. The videotape was recovered February 6 near Palestine, Texas, during search and recovery efforts after the tragedy.

The video is about 13 minutes long and shows flight-deck activity beginning about 8:35 a.m. EST as Columbia passed over the south central Pacific Ocean at an altitude of approximately 500,000 feet. It continues until approximately 8:48 a.m. EST, when Columbia was over the eastern Pacific Ocean, southwest of the San Francisco Bay area. The video ends approximately 11 minutes prior to loss of signal between the orbiter and Mission Control.

Commander Rick Husband, Pilot Willie McCool, Mission Specialists Kalpana Chawla and Laurel Clark were on the flight deck during reentry. In the video, they can be heard conversing among themselves and working through routine checklist activities with flight controllers in Mission Control.

Mission Specialists Mike Anderson and Dave Brown, and Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon were on Columbia's mid-deck during reentry. The video was shot with a small onboard camera mounted to the right of McCool, who then removes it and hands it to Clark for additional filming.

NASA Television is on GE-2, transponder 9C, and vertical polarization at 85 degrees west longitude, 3880 MHz, with audio at 6.8 MHz.

More information about the Space Shuttle Columbia investigation and NASA is available on the NASA Home Page and the Columbia Accident Investigation Board Home Page.


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