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Columbia Case Study
Case Study Archive: Columbia’s Last Mission

Vol. 6, Issue 1 Routine reviews of Columbia’s launch videos from January 16, 2003, revealed a foam strike and triggered discussions within NASA about what, if anything should be done next.

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Ice Bridge
This Month in NASA History: Learning from ICESat

Vol. 6, Issue 1 Ten years after an unexpected anomaly, the lessons and knowledge of the ICESat mission live on in current and future missions.

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Through a cloud-washed blue sky above Launch Pad 39A, Space Shuttle Columbia hurtles toward space on mission STS-107. Following the countdown, liftoff occurred on-time at 10:39 EST. Experiments in the SPACEHAB module ranged from material sciences to life sciences.
Message from the Director: To Be Better and Do Better

Vol. 6, Issue 1 The loss of the crew of STS-107 aboard Space Shuttle Columbia on February 1, 2003 marked a turning point for NASA.

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This is an artist's concept of a blended wing body aircraft that could become a prototype by the year 2020.
CKO Corner: ARMD’s Susan Minor

Vol. 6, Issue 1 Susan Minor shares her insights about knowledge management practices within the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate.

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