HOUSTON (CBS Houston) Friday marks ten years since Space Shuttle Columbia and its seven astronauts were lost. They were returning from a 16-day mission, and were less then 20 minutes from home when the shuttle exploded and disintegrated on Feb. 1, 2003. Debris from the shuttle were found in areas of East Texas as well as Louisiana.
People gathered at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center Friday morning to remember the Columbia seven. NASA officials joined family members, astronauts and children for a ceremony remembering the crew that took place outdoors.
Family members remembered their first reactions after hearing and learning about the tragedy. Although they have suffered the loss of loved ones, they assured those, Friday, that grief from the loss of loved ones is inevitable but healing can happen.
The Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas and Louisiana during re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, resulting in the death of all seven crew members. The Space Shuttle Columbia crew included: Rick D. Husband, William C. McCool, Michael P. Anderson, Kalpana Chawla, David M. Brown, Laurel Clark and Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon.