Friday, February 1, 2013

Space Shuttle Columbia Teaches After 2003 Tragedy

Space shuttle Columbia's second life - as a cautionary tale

The space shuttle Columbia lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, reflected in salt marsh swamps surrounding the pad in this file photo from January 16, 2003. February 1, 2013 marks the 10th anniversary since the orbiter broke apart in the skies over Texas, killing the crew of seven astronauts. Columbia broke up as it re-entered the atmosphere because of damage to the leading edge of the left wing. REUTERS-Pierre DuCharme-Files

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida | Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:55pm EST
(Reuters) - Space shuttle Columbia's flying days came to an abrupt and tragic end on February 1, 2003, when a broken wing gave way, dooming the seven astronauts aboard.
Although Columbia now lies in pieces, its mission is not over.

The recovered wreckage, painstakingly retrieved from Texas and Louisiana for months after the accident, was preserved for a unique archive and education program at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Source: Reuters Wire Service.


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