Wilcox did not know at the time of the disaster that took place that morning when the Columbia space shuttle disintegrated, killing all seven of the astronauts on board. She said she learned of it when she stopped at a mini-mart.
Later that evening, Wilcox’s husband e-mailed several of the photos she took to NASA. The agency called and asked them to send more photos. It was reported later in the Los Angeles Times that NASA had asked California law enforcement agencies statewide to be on alert for any debris from the space shuttle that may have fallen in California.
Wilcox went to the desert Feb. 1 intending to shoot photos of a horseshow.
Photo by Tricia Wilcox/ Wilcox Photography