The space shuttle Columbia, returning to Earth after a 16-day scientific journey through space, disintegrated yesterday morning high above the central Texas plains, killing seven astronauts who had dedicated their lives to exploring the heavens.
The Columbia Disaster
The space shuttle Columbia disintegrated upon re-entry over north central Texas on the morning of Feb. 1, 2003. All seven crew members on board were killed.
Photo Gallery: Triumph and Tragedy The Columbia disaster evoked memories of the success and danger of the U.S. space program.