The Space Shuttle disaster was a fatal incident in the United States space program that occurred on February 1, 2003, when the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated as it re-entered the atmosphere, killing all seven crew members.
The disaster was the second fatal accident in the Space Shuttle program, after the 1986 breakup of Challenger.
The debris of Columbia are stored in a 16th floor office suite in the Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center. The frame of the flight deck windows of Columbia are the first two pieces of debris available for the public eye since the disaster occurred.
Featured Image: The flight deck windows recovered from space shuttle Columbia displayed as part of “Forever Remembered.” / Image: NASA