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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Remembering The Columbia Shuttle Crew

On Feb 1, 2003, after a successful 16 day mission, shuttle Columbia was returning to Earth with it's seven astronauts. While it was known that pieces of foam insulation usually fell off during launches, it was not known that a large piece of that foam had struck the leading edge of the wing on Columbia as it lifted off, creating a hole. Upon re-entry, hot atmospheric gasses penetrated the wing, causing the shuttle to disintegrate over parts of Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, killing all seven astronauts.

Columbia Crew

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Space Shuttle Columbia memorial in Arlington National Cemetery
Photo by jtesla16

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