The space shuttle Columbia & seven astronauts launched on this date in 2003 from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Columbia & crew were lost 16 days later when the shuttle broke apart during re-entry over Texas. See our coverage from 2003:
On this day - 2003 - Launch of Space Shuttle Columbia#STS107 and a crew of 7 - Rick Husband, William C. McCool, David M. Brown, Kalpana Chawla, Michael P. Anderson, Laurel Clark, Ilan Ramon. The vehicle was struck by a piece of ET foam insulation dooming the crew.
#OTD in 2003, the space shuttle Columbia blasted off for what turned out to be its last flight; on board was Israel's first astronaut, Ilan Ramon. (The mission ended in tragedy on Feb. 1, when the shuttle broke up during its return descent, killing all seven crew members.)
On this day in 1986, the astronauts of mission STS-61C began a six-day orbital odyssey aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia.
Happy 20th launch-iversary, @chandraxray ! The space telescope blasted off to space on the Space Shuttle Columbia#OTD in 1999. In the two decades that have passed, its X-ray eyes have changed our view of the cosmos:
We're saddened by the loss of Nancy Reagan. In her honor, here's a pic of her w/ Space Shuttle Columbia in July 1982
As #NASARemembers & pauses today to honor those who lost their lives while furthering the cause of exploration and discovery, here's a look at sunrise seen by the crew of Space Shuttle Columbia on Flight Day 7 of their mission in 2003. Join us to reflect:
#OnThisDay in 2003, the #Columbia space shuttle tragically exploded, killing all 7 crew members, including Israel's first astronaut, Ilan Ramon. 16 years after, Ramon's legacy lives on. May the memory of Ramon & the Columbia shuttle team be a blessing🕯
Today we remember the crew of Space Shuttle Columbia, lost upon their return to Earth 16 years ago. Former President George W. Bush commemorated the astronauts in an address to the Nation, saying, "because of their courage and daring and idealism, we will miss them all the more."
16 years ago this morning, Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated during reentry. Astronauts Rick D. Husband, William C. McCool, Michael P. Anderson, Kalpana Chawla, David M. Brown, Laurel Clark, and Ilan Ramon lost their lives in the accident. #AvGeek #SpaceGeek
Fifteen years ago #OTD , Feb 1, 2003, at 8:59 am EST Space Shuttle Columbia broke up on reentry; killing the crew of mission STS-107 - Rick Husband, Willie McCool, Michael Anderson, Kalpana Chawla, David Brown, Laurel Clark, and Ilan Ramon. #NASARemembers
. honors from space w #HolocaustRemembranceDayth a replica of the "Moon Landscape" drawing by Holocaust victim Petr Ginz which was first flown in space by the late Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon on Space Shuttle Columbia:
On February 1, 2003 The Columbia space shuttle exploded, killing all 7 crew members, including Ilan Ramon, the 1st Israeli astronaut. 15 yrs after, Ramon's legacy of hope, strength & perseverance lives on. May the memory of Ilan Ramon and the Columbia shuttle team be a blessing.