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  • 1. Columbia Space Shuttle: The Disaster By: Blair Raphael
  • 2. Columbia’s History
    • Named after Robert Gray’s Columbia Sailboat
    • First space worthy space shuttle in NASA’s orbital fleet
    • Its first mission lasted from April 12 th to April 14 th , 1981
    • Its final, most famous mission was the space shuttle’s 28 th flight
  • 3.
    • Columbia had an extraordinary weight of 8,000 pounds
    • It was the only orbiter in the fleet that had an all-tile thermal protection system (TPS)
      • The TPS is the barrier that protects the Space Shuttle Orbiter during the searing heat of atmospheric re-entry
    Qualities
  • 4.
    • Only operational orbiter with an American Flag and the “USA” logo on its left wing
    • Columbia’s SISTL pod was located on top of its tailfin and was used by NASA for experiments
    Qualities
  • 5. Crew Members
    • Michael P. Anderson Lt. Colonel, U.S. Air Force Payload Commander
      • December, 25 th 1959-February 1 st , 2003
    • David M. Brown Captain, U.S. Navy Mission Specialist
      • April 16, 1956–February 1, 2003
    • Kalpana Chawla Mission Specialist
      • July 1 st , 1961-February 1, 2003
  • 6. Crew Members
    • Laurel Blair Salton Clark Mission Specialist
      • October 3 rd , 1961 – February 1 st , 2003
    • Rick D. Husband Colonel, U.S. Air Force Shuttle Commander
      • July 12 th , 1957 - February 1 st , 2003
    • William "Willie" McCool Commander, U.S. Navy Shuttle Pilot
      • September 23 rd , 1962 – February 1 st , 2003
    • Ilan Ramon Colonel, Israeli Air Force Payload Specialist
      • June 20 th , 1954 – February 1 st , 2003
  • 7.
    • While concluding its 28 th mission, the Columbia space shuttle broke apart
    • This happened 16 minutes before scheduled landing time into Florida’s Kennedy Space Center
    • All seven crew members were killed in the debris
    What Happened?
  • 8.
    • A seal on the left wing was struck by a piece of foam the size of a small briefcase during liftoff and fell off the next day
    • At the time, this didn’t seem like a problem
    • While the Columbia was still in orbit, engineers suspected damage but no major investigations were ordered by NASA
    CAUSES
  • 9.
    • During re-entry, the damaged area allowed the hot gasses to penetrate and destroy the internal wing structure
    • Damage to the internal wing structure caused the in-flight break up
    • Massive ground searches recovered crew remains and many vehicle fragments
    CAUSES

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