February 3rd, 2003


OV-102, Columbia

weather: mostly sunny
outside: 7°C
mood: blah
With all due respect, I was sad but not that devastated when I heard about the OV-102. The crew knew there might be a chance they won't come back. They knew they might come back in pieces. Their families knew the risks full well too. It's nothing new.

51-L (Challenger '86) and STS-107 (Columbia '03) are two out of 113 missions. To dwell on the two that failed out of over a hundred that succeeded is incredibly shallow of us. Sorry. And I'm usually the "glass is half empty" type.

My heart has always belonged to the OV-105, the Endeavour. The Endeavour's next mission is STS-115 (no mission specs yet) and was scheduled to launch May 23, 2003 (not sure what's going to happen now that OV-102 has gone down). Its crew consists of Mission Specialist, Dr. Steven MacLean, from the Canadian Space Agency. [Only Buddy-Girl-K will understand the "Endeavour" and "Stevie Mac" references here =D]

I'm hoping that they learn from STS-107 so that future missions have a better chance of succeeding.

This also means that they'll build a new orbiter soon, which would make it OV-106. I wonder what they're going to christen the OV-106... I vote for "Excelsior". =)