Stuart Wheeler wrote:
> All this revealing of things like the last song these poor souls heard
> is emotionally masking the fact that they were blown to bits and their body
> parts are now scattered over at least three states of this country. Keeping
> that in mind, it seems to me, makes their last song somewhat insignificant.
> Do you suppose the telemetry from their body monitors will show how each
> individual reacted physiologically to the horrendous event that ended their
> lives so tragically and so horribly?
Possibly. It depends on when the individual transmissions stopped. There
is also a period of about 20 min during re-entry when all communications
are blacked out. As I heard it the first sign of trouble the tracking
station saw was when some telemetry feeds suddenly stopped when they
should have still been sending.
As for the other, well, yes, they did die a rather violent death and
what you say about that is true. However, people will tend to find any
glimmer of something a bit less tragic to try and come to terms with it.
Those astronauts knew the risks full well and took them anyway. Most are
at least pilots and many have been test pilots so danger in the job
discription is nothing new.
Bruce L. Jones
The Mojave Desert - The Geographic Center of Nowhere