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Scientists Mourn Many Losses

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Science  07 Feb 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5608, pp. 797
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5608.797

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The space shuttle Columbia was a flying Noah's ark of rats, crickets, and fish for biological studies, and it also was packed with experiments for a dozen other disciplines. In the wake of its destruction, scientists are confronted with a double loss--that of astronauts they knew personally and the data they had worked so hard to collect.