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.

C.j. Eugene
Created By C.j. Eugene
On Feb 1, 2017
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Fourteen years ago, seven astronauts went into orbit around the earth in the Columbia Space Shuttle on January 16, 2003.

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

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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.

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There were no survivors.

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