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Shuttle Disaster

NASA's Space Shuttle Columbia Lost


STS107-S-002 (October 2001) --- The seven STS-107 crew members - Rick D. Husband, mission commander; Kalpana Chawla, mission specialist; and William C. McCool, astronauts David M. Brown, Laurel B. Clark, and Michael P. Anderson, all mission specialists; and Ilan Ramon, payload specialist representing the Israeli Space Agency.


"The Columbia is lost. There are no survivors,"  This day has brought terrible news and great sadness to our country. Our entire nation grieves with you.  The cause in which they died will continue," he said. "Mankind is led into the darkness beyond our world by the inspiration of discovery and the longing to understand. Our journey will go on." These men and women assumed great risk in service to all humanity. In an age when space flight has come to seem almost routine, it is easy to overlook the dangers. ... These astronauts knew the dangers and faced them willingly, knowing they had a high and noble purpose in life.  For their courage and idealism, "we will miss them all the more,


Columbia has foam insulation break off and impact left wing of ship


The Columbia breaks up at 200,000 feet above the state of Texas, The shuttle debris is scattered from eastern Texas to Louisiana