On This Day…..

Columbia Disaster…..

February 1, 2003……

The Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates upon reentering Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven crew members. During the launch a piece of foam insulation broke off from the Space Shuttle’s external tank and struck the left wing of the orbiter. When Columbia re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere, the damage caused hot atmospheric gases to destroy the internal wing structure, which caused the spacecraft to become unstable and break apart.