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Space Shuttle Columbia disaster
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Final launch of Columbia
Date February 1, 2003; 17 years ago (2003-02-01)
Time 08:59 EST (13:59 UTC)
Location Over Texas and Louisiana
Cause Wing damage from debris
Outcome Shuttles grounded for 29 months
Deaths
Commander Rick D. Husband
Pilot William C. McCool
Payload commander Michael P. Anderson
Mission specialist Kalpana Chawla
Mission specialist David M. Brown
Mission specialist Laurel Clark
Mission specialist Ilan Ramon
Inquiries Columbia Investigation Board
Space Shuttle Columbia disaster
Events of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster

The Space Shuttle Columbia disaster occurred when Space Shuttle Columbia broke up when it was reentering the atmosphere on February 1, 2003. The cause of the disaster was that a piece of foam broke from the external fuel tank. This made a hole in the shuttle's wing. During its entry, hot gases entered the wing, causing it to break up. All of the people on board died when it broke up.

Parts of Columbia were found across the state of Texas. The cockpit window is now inside the Space Shuttle Atlantis Pavilion at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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