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February 1st 2003 as the seven astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia were just minutes away before they were to glide to a landing in Florida, disaster struck! This happening just days after the 17th anniversary of the tragic Space Shuttle Challenger disaster Click to read further
Below is how the news broke on CNN on that day when we learned about the Columbia. It broke apart during re-entry into the atmosphere spreading debris all over East Texas! Within hours, locals were calling to report pieces of the spacecraft strewn about their property, along roads, and in backyards.
All 7 Astronauts Commander Rick Husband; Pilot William McCool; Kalpana Chawla; Michael Anderson; Dr. Laurel Clark; Dr. David Brown; and Ilan Ramon perished.