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


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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".
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    • Essentials 

    • Crew 

    • Debris strike during launch 

    • Flight risk management 

    • Reentry timeline 

    • Crew survivability aspects 

    • Presidential response 

    • Recovery of debris 

    • Investigation 

    • Memorials 

    • Effect on space programs 

    • Sociocultural aftermath