Columbia Accident Report: Read an overview of the investigation on Columbia mission accident, according to which the cause of the shuttle's collapse during descent roots to malfunction of the rocket system during launch and ascent.
Atlantis and Columbia in a space shuttle traffic jam. In 1990 STS 35 (Atlantis) was heading to the launchpad. STS 38 (Columbia) was rolled back to the vehicle assembly building for repairs to liquid hydrogen lines.
An overall view of the shuttle flight control room (WFCR) in Houston's Mission Control Center (MCC) at the Johnson Space Center (JSC). At the time this photo was taken, flight controllers had just lost contact with the Space Shuttle Columbia.
On January the NASA shuttle orbiter mission and the tenth flight of Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, killing all seven crew members, which consisted of a elementary school teacher.
pace Shuttle Challenger maiden flight was on April and it completed nine missions before breaking apart 73 seconds after the launch of its tenth mission, on January resulting in the death of all seven crew members.