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Caption: Columbia disaster, accident investigation experiment. Footage of researchers constructing an experiment as part of the investigation into the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia during mission STS-107 (16 January to 1 February 2003). The shuttle broke up on re-entry due to damage sustained during launch, killing all seven on board (Rick Husband, William McCool, David M. Brown, Kalpana Chawla, Michael P. Anderson, Laurel Clark, and Ilan Ramon). This experiment is an attempt to replicate damage to the shuttle's wing. The investigation by the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (reporting in August 2003) concluded that foam debris from the external tank had damaged the leading edge of one of the shuttle's wings. This led to progressive structural failure during re-entry. Travelling at around 24,000 kilometres per hour at an altitude of over 60 kilometres, the shuttle broke up in seconds with the resulting debris strewn across Texas and Louisiana. Tens of thousands of pieces of debris were recovered, accounting for about 40 percent of the shuttle and its payload.

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