Our thoughts and prayers are turned towards
the family, friends and colleagues of the crew.
Report by Liam Kennedy -- 2/7/2003
John sent me some frames from the video that he has sent
to NASA. These frames represent three instants in time for
two different events.
Note: The above animations were based upon the original images
sent to me by John. For the record you can see them
I created the animations within Photoshop/ImageReady. I have
taken each frame and overlaid them and shifted them so that
the "shuttle" is in approximately the same spot
each time. Recognize that in reality the shuttle is moving.
Displaying the animation in this way allows you to see the
"debris" more easily than from the original images.
I have also adjusted the brightness in the images so that
the background of each frame is the same shade.
John sent me the follow note related to the above images.
I made new stills last night from my copy tape and I think
they show the events better.
The first 3 show a flash at the start of the event with
the material going into the trail.
The second 3 show the bright object separating.
These were made simply by step framing through the tape
then shooting a 1/4 sec, @ f/5.6 exposure on 400ISO Kodak
B&W film of my old Toshiba 27" lineless TV. The
prints from Rite Aid were then scanned onto a Kodak CD and
these files treated in PhotoShop for contrast and brightness
and the small captions added.
I had to keep the files pretty big for the newspapers that
might use (Register and Fresno Bee).
John later sent me the following email related to his direct
contact with NASA investigators.
Just a quick update from Starhome. After the airing on
TV last weekend (Dateline, NBC News, etc.), the local print
media have been doing stories, etc.
The original video finally arrived at NASA today (Thursday)
after being mailed Monday (priority). Boy are they interested!
I got a cal from a Cmdr. Frick in the Astronaut Office,
and he said they had 3 image specialists on it trying to
do a trajectory to find out where the piece shown in my
He asked about the camera focal length, and said my timings
seemed to fit in perfectly with their timeline. So maybe
there will be some mention at the briefing on NASA Channel
Report by Liam Kennedy. 2/7/2003