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    Remember Space Shuttle Columbia 02-01-03

    Pray for those who gave their all for mankind. The space shuttle Columbia crew, from left, mission specialist Kalpana Chawla, payload commander Michael Anderson, pilot William McCool, commander Rick Husband, mission specialists Laurel Clark and David Brown and Israeli asrtronaut payload specialist Ilan Ramon pose for a picture at the Kennedy Space Center landing strip in Cape Canaveral, Fla. upon their arrival Sunday Jan. 12, 2003. Columbia was over north-central Texas when mission control lost contact and tracking data, Saturday, Feb. 1,2003. (AP Photo/NASA)

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    Debris rains over Texas

    Debris rains over Texas
    Sunday, February 2, 2003

    By Marcia Dunn Pam Easton
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


    High over Texas and just short of home, space shuttle Columbia fell to pieces yesterday, raining debris over hundreds of miles of countryside. Seven astronauts perished -- a gut-wrenching loss for a country and world already staggered by tragedy.
    The catastrophe occurred 39 miles above the Earth, in the last 16 minutes of the 16-day mission, as the spaceship re-entered the atmosphere and glided in for a landing in Florida. In its horror and in its backdrop of a crystal blue sky, the day echoed one almost exactly 17 years before, when the Challenger exploded.

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    WPI experts say re-entry risky

    WPI experts say re-entry risky
    Sunday, February 2, 2003

    By Chris Echegaray
    Telegram & Gazette Staff


    WORCESTER-- As dangerous and violent as a space shuttle launch may be, the re-entry of a shuttle back to Earth is just as perilous, and requires a delicate balance of technological success that may have failed with the space shuttle Columbia yesterday, according to experts at WPI.
    A space shuttle has to lose a tremendous amount of speed and energy while it is being navigated during its entry back to the Earth's atmosphere, according to WPI Associate Provost William W. Durgin and associate professor Nikolaos A. Gatsonis, director of the school's aerospace program.
    Mr. Durgin, who started WPI's aerospace programs in 1986 and is in charge of special projects, said the difficult process of landing had not been a problem until yesterday's catastrophe with the Columbia.

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    COLUMBIA Take Off 01-16-03

    The space shuttle Columbia is shown during liftoff on Jan. 16 at the Kennedy Space Center. The shuttle was reportedly hit by debris on liftoff.


    Photo Credit: File Photo/ Chris O'meara -- AP

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    COLUMBIA CREW

    PRAY FOR THEM
    Space Shuttle Columbia crew, left to right, front row, Rick Husband, Kalpana Chawla, William McCool, back row, David Brown, Laurel Clark, Michael Anderson and Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon are shown in this undated crew photo.
    (AP PHOTO/NASA, FILE)

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    Patch Official STS-107 Shuttle Columbia NASA

    REMEMBER THEIR NAMES

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    Commander Rick D. Husband

    Columbia Rick D. Husband Amarillo Texas Age 45, Commander Lost 02-01-03

    (AP)


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    William C. McCool Co-Pilot

    Columbia William C.McCool San Diego Age 41,Co-Pilot Lost 02-01-03
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    Michael P. Anderson - Payload CMDR

    Columbia Michael P. Anderson Spokane Wash. Age 43, Lost 02-01-03 Payload CMDR.

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    David M. Brown - Mission Specialist

    Columbia David M. Brown Arlington Va. Age 46, Mission Specialist, Lost 02-01-03


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    Laurel Clark - Mission Specialist

    Columbia Laurel Clark Racine Wisc. Age 41, Mission Specialist, Lost 02-01-03

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    Kalpana Chawla - Mission Specialist

    Columbia Kalpana Chawla - Karnal India Age 41, Lost 02-01-03 Mission Specialist

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    llan Ramon - Payload Specialist

    COLUMBIA llan Ramon Tel Aviv Israel, Age 48, Payload Specialist, Lost 02-01-03

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    Columbia Seven

    Space shuttle Columbia commander Rick Husband, right, and pilot William McCool lead the way out of crew headquarters followed by, second row, mission specialists Kalpana Chawla and Laurel Clark, third row, Israeli astronaut payload specialist Ilan Ramon, mission specialists Michael Anderson and David Brown as they make the trip to the pad for their scheduled launch Thursday Jan. 16, 2003 at Cape Canaveral, Fla.
    (AP)

    Jan. 16, 2003

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    Columbia Seven- Teachers In Space

    Astronauts aboard Columbia's Spacehab wave to a television camera as they talk about the importance of the "Teacher In Space" program. With an apple floating in the foreground the crew from left to right, astronaut David Brown, Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, commander Rick Husband, astronaut Kalpana Chawla, pilot William McCool, astronaut Michael Anderson, and astronaut Laurel Clark.
    (AP PHOTO/NASA TV)

    Jan. 20, 2003

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