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10th anniversary of Columbia disaster - PHOTOS

9:01 PM, Jan 31, 2013   |    comments
  • Seated in front are astronauts Rick D. Husband (L), mission commander; Kalpana Chawla, mission specialist; and William C. McCool, pilot. Standing are (L to R) astronauts David M. Brown, Laurel B. Clark, and Michael P. Anderson, all mission specialists; and Ilan Ramon, payload specialist representing the Israeli Space Agency.
  • Tourists walk past flags at half staff around the Washington Monument February 1, 2003 in Washington, DC. Flags across the country were lowered to honor the seven astronauts who perished as the space shuttle Columbia broke up on re-entry en route to landing in Florida.
  • (L to R) (bottom row), wearing red shirts to signify their shift color, are astronauts Kalpana Chawla, Rick D. Husband, Laurel B. Clark and Ilan Ramon. (L to R) (top row) wearing blue shirts, are astronauts David M. Brown, William C. McCool, and Michael P. Anderson. Ramon represents the Israeli Space Agency. This picture was on a roll of unprocessed film later recovered by searchers from the debris of the exploded shuttle.
  • Astronaut Laurel B. Clark, STS-107 mission specialist, takes a brief break from science research on the mid deck of the Space Shuttle Columbia January 19, 2003 In Space. Clark is one of the seven astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia that broke up during re-entry over Texas.
  • A portion of the space shuttle Columbia lies in a parking lot behind a flag and cross February 1, 2003 in Nacogdoches, Texas. Space shuttle Columbia broke up in flight Saturday morning, killing seven astronauts and spreading debris over hundreds of miles of Texas countryside.
  • A Texas state trooper takes a photo of a portion of the space shuttle Columbia as it lies in a parking lot February 1, 2003 in Nacogdoches, Texas. Space shuttle Columbia broke up in flight Saturday morning, killing seven astronauts and spreading debris over hundreds of miles of Texas countryside.
  • The crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia for mission STS-107, in the first row, Pilot William 'Willie' McCool (L) and Commander Rick Husband (R), second row are Mission Specialists Kalpana Chawla (left) and Laurel Clark (R) in the last row, Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon, Payload Commander Michael Anderson and Mission Specialist David Brown walk to the launch pad on January 16, 2003 at Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Mission STS-107 is a 16-day scientific mission.
  • The left side of the Space Shuttle Columbia is seen during launch on January 16, 2003 at Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida. NASA Mission Control lost contact with the Space Shuttle Columbia during reentry on February 1, 2003 and later learned that the shuttle had broken up over Texas. Debris from the wreckage drifted hundreds of miles from central Texas to eastern Louisiana.
  • The Space Shuttle Columbia, on mission STS-107, launches January 16, 2003 at Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
  • In this handout image released by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a view of the Earth is seen featuring the southeastern Mediterranean and northeast Africa/Middle East border photographed by an STS-107 crewmember onboard the Space Shuttle Columbia between January 16 and February 1, 2003. This picture was on a roll of unprocessed film later recovered by searchers from the debris.
  • In this image from video, an object is visible falling from the Space Shuttle Columbia during liftoff on January 16, 2003 from the Kennedy Space Center, at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The area on the Shuttle from which the object fell is highlighted in the red circle near the shuttle's main engines.
  • This NASA handout image shows the Space Shuttle Columbia during reentry as it passes over the Starfire Optical Range February 1, 2003 at Kirkland Air Force Base, New Mexico. Shuttle crash investigators have scrutinized this image which some believe shows damage to the left wing of the shuttle.
  • The Space Shuttle Columbia sits on Launch Pad 39A January 15, 2003 at Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Columbia broke up upon re-entry to earth February 1, 2003.
  • Space Shuttle Columbia lifts off of launch pad 39-A from the Kennedy Space Center January 16, 2003 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Columbia broke up upon re-entry to earth February 1, 2003.
  • Beth Hughes (C), holds her daughter Evan, 13, while watching a news conference about the Space Shuttle Columbia at the Kennedy Space Center's Visitor Center February 1, 2003 in Titusville, Florida. The Space Shuttle Columbia broke up during re-entry over Texas.
  • The left side of the Space Shuttle Columbia is seen during launch on January 16, 2003 at Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida. NASA Mission Control lost contact with the Space Shuttle Columbia during reentry on February 1, 2003 and later learned that the shuttle had broken up over Texas.
  • A piece of Space Shuttle Columbia debris sits on the ground February 1, 2003 in Douglass, Texas. The seven members of the Columbia crew were killed when the shuttle broke up over Texas preparing to land at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • A group of people watch as the Space Shuttle Columbia lifts off on January 16, 2003 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. NASA Mission Control lost contact with Columbia during reentry on February 1, 2003 and later learned that the shuttle had broken up over Texas.
  • A television frame grab shows the space shuttle Columbia taking off January 16, 2003. Columbia broke up and crashed before a scheduled landing February 1, 2003 as it crossed the United States with seven astronauts on board.
  • This photo shows the logo of space shuttle Columbia, mission STS-107. Columbia broke up upon re-entry to earth February 1, 2003.
  • Astronauts onboard the Space Shuttle Columbia speak during an interview from space. From (L to R) are Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon, Mission Specialist Kalpana Chawla, Commander Rick Husband and Mission Specialist Laurel Clark. The Space Shuttle Columbia broke up over Texas during reentry on February 1, 2003 and all seven astronauts on board are presumed dead.
  • This image from video shows NASA Mission Control shortly after contact was lost with the Space Shuttle Columbia on February 1, 2003 in Houston, Texas. NASA Mission Control lost contact with Columbia during reentry on February 1, 2003 and later learned that the shuttle broke up over Texas during reentry.
  • In this image from video, Mission Specialist David Brown is seen on the flight deck of the Space Shuttle Columbia during mission STS-107. The Space Shuttle Columbia broke up over Texas during reentry on February 1, 2003.
    
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Friday, February 1, 2013 marks the 10th anniversary of the Columbia space shuttle disaster. Photos courtesy of Getty Images.

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