Space Shuttle Columbia disaster

Space Shuttle Columbia disaster

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Caption: Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. Image 1 of 6. Bright flash seen on the Space Shuttle Columbia prior to its break up on re-entry into Earth's atmosphere on 1st February 2003, which killed its seven astronauts. Columbia, on mission STS-107, was at an altitude of around 65 kilometres and it was travelling at 20,000 kilometres per hour. Debris from the explosion was scattered over a wide area of the southern USA. STS-107 lifted off on 16th January 2003 to carry out scientific experiments. On board were astronauts Husband, McCool, Ramon, Anderson, Clark, Chawla and Brown. Photographed from California, USA. For a sequence showing this event, see images S540/796-801.

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Keywords: 2003, accident, american, break-up, columbia, disaster, explosion, flash, flight, flying, in flight, manned spaceflight, space shuttle, united states, usa

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