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Seconds from Disaster: Columbia's Last Flight

Computer generated picture of the Columbia space shuttle entering orbit.
7 astronauts aboard space shuttle Columbia complete a routine mission and head back to Earth. Mission Control expects a trouble-free re-entry, but just 16 minutes from landing, disaster strikes. The crew loses control and the Shuttle disintegrates over Texas. Everyone on board perishes. What made the 113th space shuttle flight go so catastrophically wrong? Was the mission doomed before lift-off?