Columbia's Last Flight Online

Last weekend’s shuttle disaster unfolded as much online as it did on radio or television. A group of space enthusiasts learned of the trouble in real time by listening to mission control via NASA TV’s Webcast. They and other trackers shared their thoughts online in many forums, including a discussion board for shuttle buffs on the Free Republic Web site. The New York Times has culled some of the more interesting comments into a compelling narrative; you can read the full discussion on Free Republic.

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