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Views: 264566 Description: http://RoyDawsonHomes.com Rare footage from inside the crew cabin of space shuttle Columbia during its final moments. You can hear the crew talking with each other and at one point they get the feeling something is wrong. This is the real unaltered footage buried deep inside the NASA archives.
The Space Shuttle Columbia disaster occurred on February 1, 2003, when, shortly before it was scheduled to conclude its 28th mission, STS-107, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas and Louisiana as it reentered Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven crew members.
During launch, a piece of foam insulation broke off from the Space Shuttle external tank and struck the left wing. When the Shuttle reentered the atmosphere, the damage allowed hot gases to penetrate and destroy the internal wing structure, which rapidly caused the spacecraft to break up.
Most previous shuttle launches had seen similar, if more minor, damage from foam shedding, but the risks were deemed acceptable. After the launch, some engineers suspected the damage, but NASA managers limited the investigation, under the rationale that the Columbia crew could not have fixed the problem.
Mission STS-107 was the 113th Space Shuttle launch. The mission was delayed 18 times over the two years from the planned launch date of January 11, 2001, to the actual launch date of January 16, 2003. (It was preceded by STS-113.) The Columbia Accident Investigation Board determined that this delay had nothing to do with the catastrophic failure six months later.....