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Sunday, 2 February, 2003, 06:20 GMT
In pictures: A nation in shock
Relatives and members of the public react with shock and grief to the death of all seven astronauts aboard the space shuttle Columbia, which broke up on re-entry into the earth's atmosphere.

Nasa staff
Staff at Nasa headquarters in Washington DC struggled to take in the tragic news

Traffic signal at airport
As shuttle debris rained down drivers near Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston, were given advice on how to deal with it

Police officer guards debris in Nacogdoches, Texas
People were warned not to touch wreckage as much of it was burning hot or covered in caustic chemicals

US and Israeli flags lowered in tribute
As the deaths of all seven astronauts were confirmed flags were lowered throughout the country

Detroit Pistons basketball players pause in silence
Many paused in a minute of silence to pay tribute to the six Americans and one Israeli on board Columbia

Ilan Ramon's father, Eliezer Wolferman, speaks on the phone
The heaviest burden of loss naturally falls on the family and friends of the crew


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