"To this day, I have this lump in my gut that says 'how did you
let this happen, what should you have done to prevent this' -- and
I know you feel that way, too."
Source: Johnson Space Center director Jefferson
Howell at a memorial Friday for the seven astronauts lost aboard
the space shuttle Columbia February 1st, 2003. It was a somber,
sometimes tearful remembrance for about a thousand people at JSC.
Flags at both the Johnson and Kennedy Space Centers flew at
half-mast to remember Rick D. Husband, William C. McCool, Michael
P. Anderson, Kalpana Chawla, David M. Brown, Laurel B. Clark and
Israel's first man in space, Ilan Ramon.