The Columbia Reconstruction Team, Kennedy Space Center

In Kennedy Space Center’s Reusable Launch Vehicle hangar, investigators placed recovered fragments of the underside of Columbia’s left wing onto a table that showed their relative position on the wing.
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In Kennedy Space Center’s Reusable Launch Vehicle hangar, investigators placed recovered fragments of the underside of Columbia’s left wing onto a table that showed their relative position on the wing. Patterns of burn marks, slumping, molten material deposited on the surfaces, and missing tiles helped tell the story about how the left wing failed during reentry. Credit: NASA Kennedy Space Center. 

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