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  Thousands gather for Columbia memorial
Updated 11 February 2003, 07.01
Flowers and balloons have been left outside the Johnson Space Center
Thousands of people came together to honour the astronauts who died in the Columbia space tragedy.

George W Bush led the memorial service in front of 10,000 mourners at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Many people in the crowds were in tears as the president spoke.

'So close to home'

"Today we remember not only one moment of the tragedy but seven lives of great purpose and achievement, " the American President said.

Debris has been found across three states
"Their mission was almost complete and we lost them so close to home. All mankind is in their debt."

George Bush added that America's space programme would continue despite the tragedy - a move which was backed by the victims' families.

The crowd, which was packed onto the lawn at the front of the space center, sang hymns to mark the lives of the astronauts.

Nose cone found

The world was shocked when the space shuttle, the Columbia, exploded as it re-entered the earth's atmosphere on Saturday.

This comes as Nasa has expanded its search for debris outside Texas and Louisiana after the 'nose cone' of the craft was found in California.

Investigators are now using the internet to gather pictures of the explosion to try to piece together what happened.

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