This Day in History
Launch of Space Shuttle Columbia


Tragedy Strikes Space Shuttle Columbia
February 1, 2003

On this day in 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates 40 miles above earth, just 15 minutes before its scheduled landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. All astronauts aboard were killed – commander Rick D. Husband, pilot William C. McCool, payload commander Michael P. Anderson, mission specialists David M. Brown, Kalpana Chawla and Laurel Clark, and Israel’s first astronaut, Ilan Ramon.

This painting by Mort Künstler shows the first launch of the Columbia on April 12, 1981.





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Friday February 9, 2018
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Sunday February 11, 2018
Monday February 12, 2018
Tuesday February 13, 2018
Wednesday February 14, 2018
Thursday February 15, 2018
Friday February 16, 2018
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