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Columbia was at an altitude of 200,700 feet over north-central Texas at a 9 a.m., traveling at 12,500 mph when mission control lost contact and tracking data.
NASA, while not saying the shuttle had exploded, broken up or crashed, warned that any debris found in the area should be avoided and could be hazardous.
There were reports of debris seen falling.
[edited by: amznVibe at 3:09 pm (utc) on Feb. 1, 2003]
>> 3rd grade - me, too.
We copied the broadcast about an hour after... surfaced, made a make-shift wreath, observed a moment of silence, and dove again.
As for being surprised what employees will pilfer from the workplace:
On the macro level, the statistics are stunning:
Employee fraud and theft have reached epidemic proportions. Shoplifting alone cost retailers more than $10 billion in 2001, according to the most recent National Retail Security Survey from the University of Florida. The same report states that losses from employee theft have reached record levels and that total inventory shrinkage (a combination of employee theft, shoplifting, vendor fraud and administrative error), cost the nation's retailers $31.3 billion or about 1.7% of annual sales revenues, according to University of Florida criminologist Richard Hollinger, Ph.D., who has directed the National Retail Security Survey for the past 10 years. Employee theft accounted for nearly half the losses, with shoplifting accounting for one-third. That's more than the losses in auto theft, bank robbery and household burglary combined. Back in 1998 Dr. Hollinger was quoted as saying: "While the average shoplifting incident costs the retailer $212.68, an employee theft averages $1,058.20 per incident. A tight labor market and increased consumer spending will compound this escalating problem." It would seem that today, increased consumer spending (particularly credit card purchasing) is at an all time high and the labor market is still rather tight. According to the Better Business Bureau: http*//www.bbb.org/library/employeetheft.asp - Studies by the Department of Commerce, American Management Association and other organizations estimate that employees steal over a billion dollars a week from their unknowing employers. The average annual theft per employee is $218, according to the Fourth Annual Survey of Restaurant and Fast Food Employees, which was released earlier this year and was administered by National Computer Systems (NCS), a global information-services company based in Minneapolis. (December 1999 National Restaurant Association http*//www.restaurant.org/business/bb/1999_12.cfm) One-third of all employees steal from their employers. (Department of Commerce study)
The above excerpted from:
A project done for my Research Internship completed December 21 2002.
joined:June 27, 2000
In the pre-sleep period, when you're looking out the window, you're floating," she said.
"You see the continents go by, the thunderstorms shimmering in the clouds, the city lights at night. The Nile River looks like a lifeline in the Sahara. And we looked down on Mount Everest. Earth is very beautiful. I wish everyone could see it.
I don't know why, but that statement really spoke to me.
joined:June 15, 2001
Check out all the folks complaning to ebay. If my link gets pulled, just go the the ebay homepage and click on the Community Tribute to the Astronauts then go to (DISGRACEFUL! No More Columbia Auctions Please!)
[edited by: Macguru at 2:46 pm (utc) on Feb. 2, 2003]
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