Space Shuttle Columbia Tragedy

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Shuttle Columbia (STS-107) Tragedy (February 01, 2003)
STS-107 Investigation Reference Page - (dead link)
Sections include: Press ; Columbia Accident Investigation ; Imagery ; Documents [includes E-Mail Exchanges] ; Related Links.

Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB)

  • Final Report - (dead link) (October 2003)

NASA - Space Shuttle Columbia and Her Crew (English or Spanish)
"On Feb. 1, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia was lost during its re-entry into Earth's atmosphere. As NASA mourns the loss of seven family members, this page will collect and distribute information about the crew, the mission and the ongoing investigation."
Sections include: Columbia Home ; Media Resources ; Freedom of Information Act Records (FOIA) ; Help The Board ; Crew Profiles ; Mission Overview ; Memorials.

  • Shuttle Re-Entry Video (March 1, 2003) [From CNN.com]
  • FOIA
    Includes: Debris Assessments ; Email Exchanges ; Flight Data Files ; Ground Tracks ; In-Flight Anomalies ; Space Shuttle Components ;

NASA Human Space Flight

NASA Home

Background Information on the Columbia Space Shuttle Mission STS-107 - (dead link)

  • Crew Biographies - (dead link) [.pdf]
  • Mission Overview - (dead link) [.pdf]

NASA - Space Research

  • Space Research and You: The STS-107 Research Mission
    "The 80-plus experiments aboard Space Shuttle mission STS-107 represent the latest application of microgravity as a fundamental, versatile tool to gain insights in space and improve life on Earth as well as enable future space exploration...In this special features section of SpaceResearch.nasa.gov we give you stories, supplemental information, educators materials, and web resources that describe the investigations aboard STS-107, including the 'You' part of our 'Space Research and You' theme."
    • Educational Briefs
      "We have collected a list of additional resources related to research on the STS-107 Mission."

Shuttle Press Kit
"NASA, United Space Alliance and The Boeing Company have joined forces to compile and present the definitive source for Shuttle mission information."

Collected Reports of the Panel on Technical Evaluation of NASA's Redesign of the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster
Panel on Technical Evaluation of NASA's Redesign of the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster, Committee on NASA Scientific and Technological Program Reviews, Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems, National Research Council, 1988-2003.

EPA Response to the Columbia Space Shuttle Accident
"EPA continues to assist the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and NASA by conducting environmental monitoring and assisting in the cleanup of hazardous materials from the Space Shuttle Columbia."
- Environmental Protection Agency


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FEMA - Loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia - (dead link)
- Federal Emergency Management Agency

FirstGov - Space Shuttle Columbia News - (dead link)
"The following links provide information about the space shuttle's mission and its crew, the recovery effort and investigation."

White House

AviationNow.com - Aviation Week & Space Technology

CNN.com Special Report - Lost: Space Shuttle Columbia
Sections include: The Crew ; Space Shuttles ; The Crash ; The Investigation.

floridatoday.com - Columbia Lost - (dead link)
Sections include: Memorable Moments in Space History ; Latest Developments ; Recent Coverage ; STS-107 Mission Coverage ; Florida Today Multimedia ; Interactive Graphics ; National Coverage ; Brevard, Nation React ; Feb. 1, 2003, EXTRA editions ; Related Links.

HoustonChronicle.com Special Report: Columbia's Last Mission
Includes Houston Chronicle Front Pages, Extras & Specials.

Poynter Online
"Everything You Need to be a Better Journalist"
- Poynter Institute

TIME Magazine - What Went Wrong?
February 10, 2003 Cover Story
Sections include: What Went Wrong? ; Seven Astronauts, One Fate ; Viewpoint: Gregg Easterbrook ; Viewpoint: Hugh Sidney ; Gallery & Graphics: Inside the Columbia ; Shuttle History ; Seven Lives.

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Challenger Accident

Challenger Accident
Space Policy Project, Federation of American Scientists
Maintained by John Pike

Post-Challenger Assessment of Space Flight Rates and Utilization
Committee on NASA Scientific and Technological Program Reviews, Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems, National Research Council, 1974.

Post-Challenger Evaluation of Space Shuttle Risk Assessment and Management
Committee on Shuttle Criticality Review and Hazard Analysis Audit, Space Applications Board, Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems, National Research Council, 1988.


General Space Shuttle Resources

NASA Human Space Flight

Earth Observations from Shuttle

Shuttle and Payload Processing Status Reports
Kennedy Space Center

Shuttle Countdown Information Center
"...you can access a variety of useful information relating to Space Shuttle Launches, processing, countdown and status."

Shuttle Photo & Video Archive
"The following electronic images depict some of the preflight, launch and landing activities conducted at KSC for Space Shuttle Missions."
Kennedy Space Center

Shuttle Press Kit
"NASA, United Space Alliance and The Boeing Company have joined forces to compile and present the definitive source for Shuttle mission information."

Shuttle Status Repors
Mission Control Center Status Reports
Kennedy Space Center

Space Shuttle Launches - (dead link)
"...you can access a variety of useful information about the next Shuttle launch , the Latest Shuttle Manifest and a list of future shuttle missions."
- Kennedy Space Center

Space Shuttle Photographs - (dead link)
"...CEPS maintains an extensive collection of photographs taken by space shuttle astronauts using hand-held cameras as well as some radar imagery. The collection contains photographs from STS-41C to the present and is continually growing with each space shuttle mission."
- Smithsonian - National Air and Space Museum







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