Space Shuttle Columbia Remembrance

Eleven years ago,  February 1, 2003 the Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster occurred causing seven causalities marking the first ever space shuttle lost in landing.  The Space Shuttle Columbia was on a 16-day science research mission in Earth’s orbit, completing its 113th mission when the disaster struck.

After investigation, the cause of the disaster was concluded to be because of a large piece of foam that fell from the shuttle’s external tank, which fractured the wing of the spacecraft. Columbia was estimated to arrive at the Kennedy Space Center at 9 a.m. EST, however at 8:59 a.m. there were abnormal readings that Mission Control received and after several attempts there were no successful reaches to the space shuttle.

At 9:15 a.m. new stations began broadcasting that pieces of the space shuttle had been recovered and after two hours NASA recovered 84,000 pieces, accounting for only 40% of Columbia.

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