The Columbia Space Shuttle Disaster Took The Lives Of Seven Astronauts 14 Years Ago

On February 1, 2003, the Columbia Space Shuttle disintegrated upon re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven members of its crew. Read more about this tragedy here.

Fourteen years ago, seven astronauts went into orbit around the earth in the Columbia Space Shuttle on January 16, 2003.

During their 16-day orbit, the seven crew members of the shuttle performed over 80 experiments dealing with physical, life, and space sciences.

Little did they know, tiles had been damaged during the shuttle's lift-off that would result in disaster upon re-entry. The astronauts were not informed of anything unusual or any issues with the shuttle until too late in the re-entry process to pull out. The shuttle became unstable during the descent and rapidly disintegrated over Texas.

There were no survivors.

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