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01/02/2003 Bush addresses the nation after Space Shuttle Columbia explodes

The Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated upon re-entering Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven crew members. President Bush said, "This day has brought terrible news and great sadness to our country ... The Columbia is lost; there are no survivors". Bush added, "The cause in which they died will continue....Our journey into space will go on".


  • Essentials 

  • Crew 

  • Debris strike during launch 

  • Flight risk management 

  • Re-entry timeline 

  • Presidential response 

  • Recovery of debris 

  • Investigation 

  • Memorials 

  • Effect on space programs 

  • Sociocultural aftermath