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Remembering Columbia: NASA tributes and more

Remembering Columbia: NASA tributes and more
Remembering Columbia: NASA tributes and more
Remembering Columbia: NASA tributes and more
Remembering Columbia: NASA tributes and more
Remembering Columbia: NASA tributes and more
Remembering Columbia: NASA tributes and more
Posted at 10:42 AM, Feb 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-01 10:46:45-05

The seven-member crew of the STS-107 mission was just 16 minutes from landing on the morning of Feb. 1, 2003, when Mission Control lost contact with the shuttle Columbia. A piece of foam, falling from the external tank during launch, had opened a hole in one of the shuttle's wings, leading to the breakup of the orbiter upon re-entry.