A decade since Kalpana Chawla left us
The Space Shuttle Columbia disaster occurred on 1 February 2003, when shortly before it was scheduled to conclude its 28th mission, STS-107, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas and Louisiana during re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere, resulting in the death of all seven crew members, including Indian American astronaut Kalpana Chawla. Debris from Columbia fell to Earth in Texas along a path stretching from Fort Worth suburb Trophy Club to Tyler, as well as into parts of Louisiana. The loss of Columbia was a result of damage sustained during launch when a piece of foam insulation the size of a small briefcase broke off from the Space Shuttle external tank under the aerodynamic forces of launch. Apart from Chawla, the other crew members on the ill-fated mission were Rick D. Husband, William C. McCool, Michael P. Anderson, Ilan Ramon, David M. Brown and Laurel Blair Salton Clark.
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