Shuttle disaster crew

Shuttle disaster crew

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Caption: 2003 shuttle disaster crew walking out to the space shuttle Columbia before the start of mission STS-107. Columbia exploded on re-entry on 1st February 2003, killing all seven astronauts. In the front row, from left to right, are Kalpana Chawla, William McCool and mission commander Rick Husband. Behind them, from left to right, are Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli in space, Michael Anderson, Laurel Clark and David Brown. STS-107 launched on 16th January 2003 to conduct scientific experiments. Columbia was about 65 kilometres up and travelling at 20,000 kilometres per hour when it exploded. It is thought a heat shield failure may have led to the explosion.

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