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Shuttle disaster Friday, 1 June, 2007, 11:39 GMT 12:39 UK
Shuttle debris being examined by former astronauts at Kennedy space center Columbia 'puncture' theory examined
Nasa says the space shuttle Columbia's skin was almost certainly pierced, allowing superheated air to enter the left wing during descent.
Mourners Tears and tributes at Houston
The BBC's Nick Miles reports from the Johnson Space Center, where President Bush paid homage to the astronauts of Columbia.
Space debris circles the Earth Was Columbia struck by space debris?
Nasa officials are considering whether the fatal damage to Columbia's heat resistant tiles was caused by space debris while in orbit.
The Columbia crew The Columbia crew
As America mourns the loss of space shuttle Columbia, BBC News Online looks at the careers of the crew feared dead in the crash.
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A memorial to Columbia's astronauts outside Johnson Space Center in Houston, TexasShuttle tragedy
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BBC News Online's step-by-step guide to how the shuttle disaster unfolded
Steps to disaster


BBC News Online profiles the Columbia space shuttle - the world's first ever reusable space vehicle.
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Images taken as the Columbia shuttle disaster unfoldedIn pictures
Images of the disaster as it unfolded

Thermal tiles are the current focus of the investigation into the shuttle disaster. BBC News Online looks at their role. Heat shield
Were lost tiles behind the tragedy?

The last communications between the stricken shuttle Columbia and Nasa mission contol.Contact lost
The crew's final communications to ground control

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Columbia memorabilia for sale on internet
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