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On this day in 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated upon its re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere. All seven astronauts on board perished in the tragedy, which was caused when a piece of foam insulation broke loose during takeoff, damaging the thermal protective material designed to protect the shuttle from the heat of re-entry. NASA has a host of materials available pertaining to this disaster. A page devoted to Space Shuttle Columbia and her crew provides access to the report conducted by The Columbia Accident Investigation Board in the wake of the disaster. Additionally, you’ll find biographical information about the crew members and links to stories of memorials offered in recognition of individual crew members. The photo on the bottom pictures the Columbia’s crew. The photo at top shows the main engine of Columbia, which was recovered in Louisiana. Both come from NASA.