Archive - 2003 - Story
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Aided by federal and local agencies, NASA stepped up its inquiry into the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia and its seven astronauts. Multiple investigative teams continue to pore over engineering data in an effort to uncover the cause of the breakup of the orbiter over Texas on Saturday 16 minutes from landing.
A Russian Progress 10 resupply craft lifted off today from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, carrying supplies and new scientific systems hardware to the International Space Station.
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The Progress 10 cargo ship filled with supplies and equipment launched from Kazakhstan at 6:59 a.m. CST (1259 GMT) Sunday and is en route to the International Space Stationand is slated to dock to the aft end of the Zvezda Service Module at 8:50 a.m. CST (1450 GMT) Tuesday.
The Space Shuttle Columbia and its seven astronauts were lost today when the vehicle broke up over north central Texas during its reentry fromorbit.
Communications were lost with Columbia and its crew at around 8:00 a.m. CST, while the shuttle was traveling about 18 times the speed of sound.....
Instructions for Uploading Images and Video Related to the Columbia Accident
For anyone who has recorded video or taken photos that they believe may be of aid in the investigation of the Space Shuttle Columbia accident, NASA has established a special location on the Web where Internet users may upload their media files to be reviewed by NASA.
Using the FTP method of your choice, log on to the server 220.127.116.11 as "anonymous," using your e-mail address as your password.
This is indeed a tragic day for the NASA family, for the families of the astronauts who flew on STS-107, and likewise is tragic for the Nation.
Immediately upon indication of a loss of communications from STS-107, at a little after 9:00 a.m. this morning, we began our contingency plan to preserve all the information relative to the flight activities.
Columbia breaks up at 160 Km from Dallas over Central Texas with his Crewmember of seven.
Rick D. Husband (2), Cdr
William C. McCool (1), Plt
Michael P. Anderson (2), PCdr
Kalpana Chawla (2), MS
David M. Brown (1), MS
Laurel B. Clark (1), MS
Ilan Ramon (1), (ISA) PS
Deorbit burn occured at 8:15 a.m. EST (1315 GMT) for a planned landing on KSC Runway 33.
Communication was lost with Columbia at 9:00am EST while Columbia was at approximately 200,000ft over Central Texas while the vehicle was traveling at 12,500 mph.
Space Shuttle Columbia OV-102 was the first Space Shuttle launched in orbit on April 12, 1981.
This was the Shuttle Flight #113, the Columbia Flight #28.
Columbia rejoined the shuttle fleet in February, 2001 and flew its first mission after the upgrades in March, 2002.
Debris reported over hundreds of kilometers.
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