Wednesday marks 14 years since seven astronauts have been killed within the area shuttle Columbia catastrophe.
The crew launched on Jan. sixteen, 2003. Onboard have been Rick D. Husband, Commander; William C. McCool, Pilot; Michael P. Anderson, Payload Commander; David M. Brown, Mission Specialist; Kalpana Chawla, Mission Specialist; Laurel Blair Salton Clark, Mission Specialist and Ilan Ramon, Payload Specialist.
For sixteen days, they labored on eighty experiments, conducting analysis in bodily, life, and area sciences.
They returned on Feb. 1, 2003. An investigation would later decide that tiles broken throughout raise-off allowed tremendous-heated atmospheric gasses to penetrate the shuttle’s wing throughout re-entry, inflicting the ship to turn into unstable and shortly disintegrate. The crew was not advised about any danger and did not know one thing was flawed till very late in re-entry, in response to ABC Information.
The area shuttle broke aside throughout its return to Earth over Texas.
This time of yr marks a number of somber anniversaries for NASA. The Apollo 1 hearth that killed three was on Jan. 27, 1967. On Jan. 28, 1986, the Challenger area shuttle broke aside shortly after takeoff, killing all seven onboard.