Remembering Columbia tragedy 13 years later

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It was on this day in 2003 that Columbia broke apart over Texas upon re-entry. (KTRK)

Today, we remember the seven astronauts killed in the space shuttle Columbia disaster.

It was 13 years ago today that the shuttle broke apart during its return to earth over Texas.

An investigation would later determine that tiles damaged during lift-off allowed super-heated atmospheric gasses to penetrate the shuttle's wing during re-entry, causing the ship to become unstable and quickly disintegrate.
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