Space Shuttle Columbia disaster

Space Shuttle disaster

The Space Shuttle Columbia disaster occurred when Space Shuttle Columbia broke up when it was reentering the atmosphere on February 1, 2003. The cause of the disaster was that a piece of foam broke from the external fuel tank. This made a hole in the shuttle's wing. During its entry, hot gases entered the wing, causing it to break up. All of the people on board died when it broke up.

Space Shuttle Columbia disaster
Close-up STS-107 Launch - GPN-2003-00080.jpg
Final launch of Columbia
DateFebruary 1, 2003; 17 years ago (2003-02-01)
Time08:59 EST (13:59 UTC)
LocationOver Texas and Louisiana
CauseWing damage from debris
OutcomeShuttles grounded for 29 months
CommanderRick D. Husband
PilotWilliam C. McCool
Payload commanderMichael P. Anderson
Mission specialistKalpana Chawla
Mission specialistDavid M. Brown
Mission specialistLaurel Clark
Mission specialistIlan Ramon
InquiriesColumbia Investigation Board
Events of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster

Parts of Columbia were found across the state of Texas. The cockpit window is now inside the Space Shuttle Atlantis Pavilion at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


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