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Portrait of the crew of the shuttle mission STS-107, during which the space shuttle Columbia exploded on re-entry. On the top row, from left to right, are David Brown, Laurel Clark, Michael Anderson and Ilan Ramon. On the bottom row, from left to right, are mission commander Rick Husband, Kalpana Chawla and William McCool. 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. Debris was scattered over a wide area of the southern USA, mostly in Texas and Louisiana. It is thought a heat shield failure may have led to the explosion.
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