February 1, 2003 - The Day The Shuttle Fell

The day Space Shuttle Columbia fell, February 1, 2003, is a day that will live in our hearts and minds forever. Most East Texans remember where they were and what they were doing when they got the news that day.

The disaster was a tragedy and a miracle all wrapped up in one - a tragedy that the crew of the shuttle was lost forever, but a miracle that not a single person on the ground was hit by the debris.

Below, there are stories of East Texas residents who were suddenly thrust into the public eye as debris from the shuttle fell in their yards or on their farms and ranches. You'll also find a story containing e-mails that came in to the KTRE newsroom from all over East Texas throughout the day from eyewitnesses to the tragedy.

Here is a look back at some of the things that happened on that fateful day, as the events unfolded and were reported on KTRE.com.