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Shuttle Disaster Puts NASA Plans in Tailspin

Science  07 Feb 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5608, pp. 796-797
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5608.796

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The disintegration of the Columbia space shuttle heralded not only disaster but also an unwelcome era for thousands of engineers and scientists around the globe. Beyond the terrible human toll, the 1 February disaster abruptly halts construction of the international space station, cripples life and physical sciences research, and calls into question NASA's plans to move beyond Earth's orbit.

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