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NASA's Hypersonic Lab Studies Factors Leading to Breakup

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Science  28 Mar 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5615, pp. 1971
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5615.1971

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Langley Research Center in Virginia is one of the few places with the facilities to shed light on what happens when a vehicle travels at Mach 18. Engineers and physicists there have begun conducting tests for the federal commission investigating the 1 February disaster that killed the crew of the space shuttle Columbia.