World Trade Center 2001 & 2002

July 8, 2001. World Trade Center Plaza, with its centerpiece sculpture and fountain. © Neil deGrasse Tyson July 8, 2001. World Trade Center, Tower-2. View from 107th floor, looking east. Woolworth Building in view on left. © Neil deGrasse Tyson July 31, 2001. World Trade Center twin towers: One acre of office space per floor, per buiding. Rising a quarter mile into the sky. © Neil deGrasse Tyson
September 11, 2001. World Trade Center Tower-1 is ablaze. Three seconds before Tower-2 gets hit. © Neil deGrasse Tyson September 11, 2001. World Trade Center Tower-1 is ablaze. Tower-2 gets hit. The view of the oncoming 767 Airplane was blocked by the dark-glass 50-story Millenium Hilton Hotel. The pulverized parts of the fast-moving plane and its passengers burst forth. © Neil deGrasse Tyson September 11, 2001. One second after Tower-2 gets hit. Twenty-thousand gallons of jet fuel ignites. © Neil deGrasse Tyson
September 11, 2001. Four seconds after Tower-2 gets hit. Flames completely engulf the upper 40 floors of the Towers. At this point I cowered from the fireball’s intense radiant heat. Visible are the descending fragmentts of aluminum fuselages and other debris cast forth by the airplane’s impact. © Neil deGrasse Tyson September 11, 2001. One hour after both towers had collapsed, a thick layer of dust had settled on all adjacent blocks. Near my residence, accumulations ranged from 1/2-inch in the middle of the streets, to 4-inches up against buildings and anything else that impeded the rolling dust cloud. © Neil deGrasse Tyson September 11, 2001. One hour after both towers collapsed, above the dense smoke, blue sky appeared where the towers had once stood. © Neil deGrasse Tyson
September 11, 2001. One hour after both towers collapsed, military vehicles had already arrived. Laying in the street are just a few hundred of the billions of sheets of office paper that had been cast forth like confetti during the collapse. © Neil deGrasse Tyson September 17, 2001. A skeletal fragment of World Trade Center Tower-2 remains standing, as the smoke from ground fires continue to rage. © Neil deGrasse Tyson September 17, 2001. Looking up Fulton Street, in view is the burned out World Trade Center Building No. 5. This structure, all of a half-dozen stories, burned, but did not collapse The World Financial Center sits in the background, with various windows broken from falling debris. © Neil deGrasse Tyson
December 18, 2001. Demolition at Ground Zero. Cleanup proceeded 24 hours per day. The fires burned through the end of January 2002. © Neil deGrasse Tyson December 18, 2001. Saint Paul’s Church, adjacent to Ground Zero, served as an impromptu shrine to the 3,000 dead, as did the sidewalks in front of every fire station and police station in the city. © Neil deGrasse Tyson