Photos: The Columbia Space Shuttle Tragedy

Debris From Columbia Catalogued


View of debris from the Space Shuttle Columbia in the hangar at Barksdale Air Force Base, Shreveport, Louisiana. The debris is collected and cataloged prior to shipment to the Kennedy Space Center, Florida. This image was taken Feb. 8, 2003.

One of the Space Shuttle Main Engine Powerheads


One of the Space Shuttle Main Engine powerheads found on the grounds of Fort Polk, La. The 800 pound unit is one of the easternmost-recovered pieces of debris from Columbia.

Technicians Team up for Test Article


Technicians at the Johnson Space Center in Houston team up to assemble a test article to simulate the inboard leading edge of a Space Shuttle wing as part of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board's testing. This image was taken May 14, 2003.

Reviewing the CAIB Report

NASA/Bill Ingalls

Mr. Glenn Mahone, Assistant Administrator for Public Affairs (left) and Mr. Paul G Pastorek, General Counsel, review the CAIB's Columbia Accident report. This image was taken Aug. 26, 2003.

Astronaut Sandra Magnus Looks at Volunteer Map


Astronaut Sandra Magnus stops to look at a map set up by the U.S. Forestry Service while on a break at the Corsicana search center. The map tracks where Forestry Service volunteers came from prior to being part of the team searching for orbiter debris.

In Memory of Columbia


In memory of the Space Shuttle Columbia crewmembers who lost their lives on Feb. 1, 2003, a number of signs, U.S. flags, and flowers were placed on the fences near the main entrance at the Johnson Space Center (JSC).

Columbia Crewmembers


Reverend Robert L. Bush, pastor, First Church of the Nazarene, delivers an invocation at a memorial service at the First Baptist Church, Lufkin, Texas, honoring the Space Shuttle Columbia crewmembers. The individual portraits of the crewmembers are visible in the foreground on Feb. 8, 2003.

Memorial Service and Choir for Space Shuttle Columbia


The First Baptist Church Choir of Lufkin Texas, under the direction of Brent Dyer, perform "A Might Fortress is Our God" during the memorial service honoring the Space Shuttle Columbia crewmembers on Feb. 8, 2003.

Memorial for Space Shuttle Columbia


T-38's from nearby Ellington Field overfly JSC during the memorial for the Columbia astronauts in the mall of the Johnson Space Center. The aircraft later assumed the missing man formation. This image was taken Feb. 4, 2003.

NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe at Ceremony


NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe (left); his wife Mrs. Laura O'Keefe; Vice President Dick Cheney; Mrs. Lynne Cheney; and astronaut Robert D. Cabana, Director, Flight Crew Operations at the Johnson Space Center, are pictured at a special memorial ceremony at the Washington National Cathedral honoring the Space Shuttle Columbia crewmembers on Feb. 6, 2003.

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