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The space shuttle Columbia crew on Jan. 16, 2001 (© NASA via AP)  How the Columbia tragedy unfolded.  10 years ago today (Feb 1, 2003), America's first space shuttle was ripped into more than 84,000 pieces, killing Columbia's crew of seven & changing NASA forever.

The space shuttle Columbia crew on Jan. 16, 2001 (© NASA via AP) How the Columbia tragedy unfolded. 10 years ago today (Feb 1, 2003), America's first space shuttle was ripped into more than 84,000 pieces, killing Columbia's crew of seven & changing NASA forever.

The Columbia Space Shuttle re-entry disaster - another that made me sick - another that I saw occurring live on TV  February 1, 2003

The Columbia Space Shuttle re-entry disaster - another that made me sick - another that I saw occurring live on TV February 1, 2003

Remembering the crew of Challenger STS 51-L. On January 28, 1986, the launch of STS-51-L ended in tragedy when Space Shuttle Challenger and crew were lost 73 seconds after liftoff. Crew of STS-51-L: Ellison Onizuka, Mike Smith, Christa McAuliffe, Dick Scobee, Greg Jarvis, Ron McNair, and Judith Resnik. / NASA photo

Remembering the crew of Challenger STS 51-L. On January 28, 1986, the launch of STS-51-L ended in tragedy when Space Shuttle Challenger and crew were lost 73 seconds after liftoff. Crew of STS-51-L: Ellison Onizuka, Mike Smith, Christa McAuliffe, Dick Scobee, Greg Jarvis, Ron McNair, and Judith Resnik. / NASA photo

The entire world was watching. The media coverage was so extensive that more than 85% American learnt of the event within one hour of the mishap. On Tuesday, January 28, 1986, spacecraft of NASA, named Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart after just 73 seconds into its 10th space flight. After Columbia, Challenger was the second Space Shuttle of NASA and it had completed nine successful missions before it met the accident at 48,000 feet above the ground. In the event all seven members of the…

The entire world was watching. The media coverage was so extensive that more than 85% American learnt of the event within one hour of the mishap. On Tuesday, January 28, 1986, spacecraft of NASA, named Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart after just 73 seconds into its 10th space flight. After Columbia, Challenger was the second Space Shuttle of NASA and it had completed nine successful missions before it met the accident at 48,000 feet above the ground. In the event all seven members of the…

Columbia space shuttle disaster -

Columbia space shuttle disaster -

Christa McAuliffe's parents and sister watch the Space Shuttle Challenger explode January 28, 1986

Christa McAuliffe's parents and sister watch the Space Shuttle Challenger explode January 28, 1986

July 21, 2011. Space shuttle Atlantis (STS-135) lands at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF), completing the final flight of the Space Shuttle Program. Photo credit: NASA HQ

July 21, 2011. Space shuttle Atlantis (STS-135) lands at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF), completing the final flight of the Space Shuttle Program. Photo credit: NASA HQ

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