On February 1, 2003, after spending approximately two weeks in space, Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart and disintegrated upon its reentry to Earth's atmosphere over Texas, killing all seven astronauts on board. It was the second fatal shuttle incident in NASA's space program. View this collection of videos to learn about this event and hear from astronauts who were involved with this incident.
President Bush addressed the nation on the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia as it reentered the earth’s atmosphere.
Space Shuttle: A Remarkable Flying Machine is a NASA documentary of the first Space Shuttle Mission. Space Shuttle Columbia lifted off on April 12, 1981, and stayed in orbit for about two days.
On January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL. 73 seconds into the flight, the shuttle broke apart and fell into the ocean.
NASA Space Shuttle Discovery lifted off on a mission to the international space station. This was the shuttle's 39th and final mission
Valerie Neal, National Air and Space Museum Space History Department Chair, talks about the space shuttle program.