NASA's Space Shuttle Program: 30 Years of Flight
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Columbia 1981 launch
Space shuttle Columbia lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center on January 16, 2003 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The shuttle broke up over Texas upon re-entry to earth on February 1, 2003. Debris from the wreckage drifted hundreds of miles from central Texas to Louisiana.