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RARE! Space shuttle Columbia Explosion footage

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On February 1st, 2003, the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated during its re-entry into the atmosphere. The seven astronauts were killed. 82 seconds after the launch of shuttle (STS-107), a sizable piece of foam struck the leading edge of Columbia's left wing, at a speed between 650 and 950 km/h, making a hole in the protective tiles made of reinforced carbon-carbon (RCC), close to the landing gear area. During the re-entry into the atmosphere, plasma at 1500 °C penetrated through this hole in the left wing protective shield, and progressively destroyed the inner part of the wing. The crew lost the control of the shuttle. A few second later, the vehicle disintegrated
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Farah Ahmed (7 hours ago)
i remember my brother was born in feb 1st 2003
Ryan McAlister (3 days ago)
Thats should never of happened this is why NASA is fucked the management did nothing when they were told about what the engineers discovered as reported what they saw watching the tape
NA NU (5 days ago)
Super 👍 es gibt doch Gerechtigkeit 😂👍
Jengis Khan (5 days ago)
They finally rest in pieces
JTC Conquer (6 days ago)
RIP true heroes.
CrashBurnman95 (8 days ago)
Can't believe the inside cabin video tape survived
bill williams (11 days ago)
Maybe a consiracy wrapped in a riddle
Sherol Stewart (28 days ago)
GOD speed.
jamica and hugh chen (1 month ago)
Blametheidiot Clintons (1 month ago)
It did not come apart upon re-entry !
Blametheidiot Clintons (1 month ago)
It already had holes in it from the fallen angels who shot it out of space for trying to get a picture of those big Holes on either end of our earth.
Ste jakes (1 month ago)
God rest there souls
Kookie (1 month ago)
Please excuse my ignorance, but did they ever find any astronauts remains from the wreckage? I did hear that their deaths would not be instant once the shuttle started to disintegrate. What a terrible way to die 🙁
jrockett73 (1 month ago)
Found parts of all of them.
Janice Rosenberger (1 month ago)
"I get plenty of ass, so you can call me an astronaut........" - Dr. Drizay
Jb Entertainment (1 month ago)
Rumors of several astronauts ready to expose the truth about aliens even pictures . So government had to kill them all.
Velocity Amersey (1 month ago)
The day I was born that’s insane
Vladоаиип Tito 6 (1 month ago)
Congratulations, Murica xd
John Carrillo (1 month ago)
Sad and they were building the station for man to progress into space
jrockett73 (1 month ago)
Nope. This was not a mission to the ISS. It was a Spacelab mission. A laboratory .
How rare does it have to be if 4 million people watched this one video, not including all the others?
SübZer00 (1 month ago)
This makes me so sad... as someone who wants to go to space I understand why they take the risk but I can't understand people who disrespect astronauts so much
Kurohige D. Teach (2 months ago)
I remember this in 5th...sad this is never talked about any more
Luke Bishop (2 months ago)
i just hate when people die doing what they loved
HRTBRK 1 (2 months ago)
Having realised Anything can happen in an instant without you ever knowing. I never want to go outside again. Ill live under my blanket forever.
HRTBRK 1 (2 months ago)
almostfm fuk.
almostfm (2 months ago)
Which, I should point out, would greatly increase your chances of being accidentally smothered by your blanket. Nitey-nite.
TampaOutlaw (2 months ago)
0:18 you know everybody dead now.
What's good Jay (2 months ago)
I was born a few hours after this happened...
Black Hornet (2 months ago)
so sad.. i can only imagine the terror the crew felt
TheRubberStudiosASMR (2 months ago)
I manage to capture all of these crazy events live. I remember watching this at 3am. same with 9/11 and the boxing day tsunami. I'm not much of a sports fan so this is my bread and butter
Ady Baez (2 months ago)
Another USA mystery
Eliran Cohen (2 months ago)
Coming home ... :(
Cris Pereira (3 months ago)
Makes me sad every time I see this
Alex Guillen (3 months ago)
I had the biggest migraine ever on this day , I remember laying down and I couldn't see anything but the TV with this
Miranda Smith (3 months ago)
So sad how it looks like beautiful falling stars, but what’s actually happening to that shuttle and the astronauts is horrible. What a frightening sight to see... RIP Columbia astronauts :(
Y0UNG P0PE (3 months ago)
Panhead Bob (3 months ago)
A rare video because it's not worth watching.
Nick Stefanyshin (3 months ago)
If we have unmanned spacecraft exploring mars, Jupiter and other vast areas of space, why can't we just land one of them on the moon and send back DEFINITIVE pictures of our supposed visits there? Seems simple enough to me.
Nick Stefanyshin (3 months ago)
John Yossarian I think you have spectacularly missed the point John. We need to focus on the planet we already inhabit before we start dreaming of turning barren rocks into habitable space. You know, the planet that is already setup to support life. Spending billions so a select handful of people can play fantasy while multitudes of your own kind suffer needlessly is the height of arrogance and indifference. NASA is just another political entity that lies to the world to distract from their true motives. All I am asking for is proof that it works and that it works for all of us.
John Yossarian (3 months ago)
"we have all the water we need. If the other elements are SO crucial, why haven't we been back to get them.?" Again, you have spectacularly missed the point of my post which was partially in response to your claim that the moon was "barren". Water on the moon will support future colonisation whether it's converted for drinking water via electrolysis, hydrogen and oxygen for rocket fuel or into air for future exploration. Geological surveying has revealed the wealth of rare metals which I assure you will be exploited within your lifetime. As I explained, these will be a valuable resource in respect of future technologies and likely to be mined via private enterprise. Helium 3 was confirmed by sample 75501, from Apollo 17 and perhaps provides the best reason to return to the moon in the 21st century. That realisation would come many years later when the University of Wisconsin discovered that lunar soil contained significant quantities of the lightweight isotope. The unique atomic structure of helium-3 promised to make it possible to use it as fuel for nuclear fusion, the process that powers the sun, to generate vast amounts of electrical power without creating the troublesome radioactive byproducts produced in conventional nuclear reactors. Extracting helium-3 from the moon and returning it to Earth would, of course, be fraught with technical challenges, but the potential rewards would be staggering for those who embarked upon this venture. Helium-3 could help free the United States - and the world - from dependence on fossil fuels. "And you act like a couple of hundred billion dollars, (most likely trillions), is NO big deal." No - I simply challenged your incorrect statement that a generation was still paying for Apollo. "He'll, it costs more than that to feed and house the homeless, right?" Aside from the benefits of extracting these resources on the moon the survival of our species depends upon the colonisation of space. The budget allocated to this priority is criminally negligible.
Nick Stefanyshin (3 months ago)
John Yossarian we have all the water we need. If the other elements are SO crucial, why haven't we been back to get them.? And you act like a couple of hundred billion dollars, (most likely trillions), is NO big deal. He'll, it costs more than that to feed and house the homeless, right?
John Yossarian (3 months ago)
"Wow, tjhats a lot of long words John. Whatever do they mean?" You could always look them up I suppose. "what does your diatribe have to do w8th my proposition of simply proving thay we can go 240 000 miles into space" Prove to who precisely? Why would "they" need to do that? "I might add, a generation the is still paying the bill for the previous generations hubris and arrogance" The Apollo Program cost roughly $25.4 billion, unadjusted. That makes the total Apollo Program cost $178 billion inflation adjusted to 2018. That’s our total cost to go to the moon. Consider, however, that this was for a project spanning from 1959 to beyond 1970 with six successful missions. Eventually, Apollo 11 landed humans on the moon. Consider that some 409,000 labourers were employed by the lunar program either directly by NASA, through outside university research, or contracted workers. How does that compare to the U.S. budget in those years? NASA’s official budget appropriations for the entire organization from 1960 to 1973, including work after the final Apollo mission, was $56.6 billion. Of this, the Apollo Program cost 34%: $19.4 billion. Adjusted for inflation to 2018, NASA’s entire budget for this period was about $463 billion. Some of the work for Apollo began in 1959. The last Apollo mission flew in 1972. NASA provides data for 1960-1973 to represent Apollo as these were the years which had Budget Appropriations specific to Apollo. The US annual federal outlays (the amount of money the country spends per year, which is typically more than our budget) from 1959 to 1972 totaled $1.9 trillion US dollars. Converting these outlays from each of their years to an inflation adjusted 2008 total brings the outlays to $17.9 trillion. NASA represented roughly 2.2% of the total US federal outlays from 1959 to 1972. The Apollo project in the same timeframe accounted for about 50% of NASA’s budget or just 1.1% of US total federal outlays during this timeframe. The total interest paid on US federal budget debt was $140.3 billion during this timeframe ($870.56 billion 2008 US dollars). This means that interest paid on debt accounted for 655% more outlays than the cost of the Apollo program in the same period. For reference, the US paid $252.8 billion in 2008 in interest on the national debt – nearly twice the total cost of the entire Apollo program. The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 has authorized the Treasury Secretary to spend up to $700 billion taxpayer dollars. There’s hope taxpayers will come out of this bailout program without too deep of a loss. A portion of the expenditures should result in profits to offset the expected losses. The true cost of the recent Federal bailouts of the financial sector are unknown. If the program suffers a complete loss, it would represent 526% the cost of the Apollo program. after they got into a pissing contest about who could get to a barren rock first." Not quite. The moon contains three crucial elements. Water, Helium 3 and lanthanides - rare earth metals. Actually there are 15 of these including Scandium and Yttrium, widely used in modern electronics. Such REMS are vital to emerging technologies. The moon holds hundreds of billions of dollars of untapped resource which far from "a pissing contest" - (on the contrary, the scientific legacy of Apollo was huge) - private enterprise will very soon exploit - probably within the next few decades.
Nick Stefanyshin (3 months ago)
John Yossarian I might add, a generation the is still paying the bill for the previous generations hubris and arrogance after they got into a pissing contest about who could get to a barren rock first. This whole exercise did not benefit mankind one iota.
Enrique Casiano (3 months ago)
Why is rare to see explosion
daro2096 (3 months ago)
I suppose it is rare in the sense that only one camera recorded it, this one. But then you could say that about all the other footage taken by several other people who were out day and decided to film it.
Primo dE Rivera (3 months ago)
Poor people
mMaxwell_ 007 (4 months ago)
That's what happens when you stick your nose where it doesn't belong.
George Pro (4 months ago)
LOL. Idiots.
I ́m the real hater (4 months ago)
It´s the very first clip CNN was playing over and over again during their coverage of the landing digitally zoomed in causing a rubbish quality. It´s as rare as sand within Sahara desert.
Pauly B (4 months ago)
Here’s a clue. Whenever you see a portion of the headline in ALL CAPS, it’s usually bullshit.
Ryan wyrick (4 months ago)
Everyone remembers the one launch that went bad... wheeled that TV right into every classroom in America and probably most of the world... isn't it kind of funny though that before that day and after that day no one remembers that damn thing no one even cares kind of funny how the one that went bad just happened to be the one that they forced everyone to watch. Piles and piles of logic people piles of logic that say this was a complete Hollywood hoax. But hey how about the devil horns and coiled up snake that they drew with the disaster debris?
M. S. L. (4 months ago)
Paul Grimm (4 months ago)
I saw this looking north from Houston
STS114RTF2005 (4 months ago)
This video was uploaded exactly 10 years ago today.
Keyser Söze (4 months ago)
How much did you make from YouTube for posting news footage?
you numb nuts - the damned thing was already blown up before it entered the atmosphere....what do you eat books instead of read them?
Sharif Abdul (5 months ago)
Still rememberd even after 18 yers. Is as fresh in my mind . A tragedy,that should never have happend.they who gone up to make better place for humanity .came down as ashes. Will be rememberd forever for the scienticts who died in the name of humanity. MAY GOD JESUS GIVE PEACE AND A PLACE FOR THE SOULS IN HEAVEN . AAMEN. full respect for them until my last breath.
bob wood (5 months ago)
yes people saw something disintegrating in the sky but as high as this was there is no way to tell what it was...you would need more than a I-phone which did not exist at that time...even a good video camera could not make out that is was a spacecraft ....even now with the technology we have you still cannot make-out anything but a image of a plane putting down the chem-trails we see on a daily basis which do not fly near the altitude of what the spacecraft would have been....and how can you believe the Colombia disaster when it is a proven fact that all of the crew members are alive that were involved in the Challenger disaster....and just for good measure ...how did NASA lose every tiny piece of evidence that man went to the moon...they openly admit the data ...from start to finish is missing....how can you think any of their accomplishments are true?
enna1913 (5 months ago)
That’s gotta hurt.
leo rebel (5 months ago)
I was a kid traveling from Dallas to visit my grandparents in East Texas (Carthage). I remember that's all we talked about that weekend. I use to have dreams of being an astronaut then later this explosion came.
Richard doowop (5 months ago)
NASA= Never A Straight Answer
Karen Messinger (5 months ago)
RIP. You are our heros.
John A (5 months ago)
I always thought the shuttle program was a waste. A giant step backward from the Apollo program.
Leanne pringle (5 months ago)
My teacher said her friend who was a teacher too died on that
mosesmosestv (5 months ago)
This isn't "rare", it's a cropped bit of the Texas TV station WFAA coverage
AnyBuddyGER (5 months ago)
It can't be really rare, when it's up on YT ^^
John Terrino (6 months ago)
I wonder how big an area on the ground the debris covered....
MarshallBennett64 (6 months ago)
In other videos showing footage inside the shuttle you could tell by the commander's voice and disposition he knew something wasn't right. Vibrations were higher than normal, parts of the right wing had already begun to disintegrate. The video ends before total break-up.
Ryan Toomey (6 months ago)
Wasn't the issue caused by an o-ring that didn't seal properly due to cold temperatures?
John Terrino (6 months ago)
That was Challenger in 1986.
Parwinder Singh (6 months ago)
One day earth end like this. In seconds
SocraT (6 months ago)
this footage is not rare, retard
Vardha Kadam (6 months ago)
Their is a indian has died on that ship
Get Good (6 months ago)
Amazing how stupid NASA could be in not ensuring tiles don't come flying off the shuttle and destroy the wing. Then couple that with thinking re-entering should not be a problem. Basic, easy experiments showed afterward that a piece of tile obliterates the wing. They didn't realize that before?
almostfm (2 months ago)
Hindsight is great, isn't it? Lets you gather up all the knowledge, and then proclaim with righteous indignation that they should have realized the "obvious" problem. As for the reentry, they didn't really have a choice in the matter. They were going to have to come back down.
easy (6 months ago)
I remember at the time sick fucks were finding pieces of the wreckage (like the helmets they were wearing) and selling them on ebay!
Zeraora Playz (6 months ago)
If u go to i SPACE they talk about this
Kevzete (6 months ago)
To give some perspective as to what it was like to be in that shuttle during this, the only thing left of the astronauts after they fell to earth was spread over hundreds of miles. They found torsos, arms, legs, heads, even a helmet with just a scalp left in it. They needed multiple vehicles just to transfer the remains of one person. Luckily, they never felt anything and lost consciousness seconds after the crew cabin lost pressurisation. Most of them only realised something was seriously wrong a few seconds before this and probably didn't know they were about to die before they blacked out and never woke up. They didn't even have enough time to close the visors on their helmets to pressurise their suits, that's how quick it was for them.
Mr Truth (6 months ago)
They must of hit the firmament
Jim Turner (6 months ago)
Why not get it right??? There was NO EXPLOSION! This was a BREAK-UP! There is a HUGE difference!
Adam Lay (6 months ago)
I remember seeing the explosion when I was working outside. I didn’t realize what it was till I got home and saw the news. A very sad day. Rest In Peace Explorers.
danthebeeman (6 months ago)
It did not explode people it ... it broke up due to the wing being breached. Big difference....
Overproud Indonesian (6 months ago)
this aint rare at all
jerrodsdad (7 months ago)
The sonic boom that Saturday morning lasted much longer than any sonic boom i had ever heard. Made me get up and go look outside and in the garage. i thought the water heater hat exploded.
WiiLove Weather 2 (7 months ago)
At first I thought that was a spark from the Columbia after takeoff, no, it’s the actual space shuttle
Adaumis Gaming (7 months ago)
the explosion and debris that follow always reminds me of Transformers, when they crash land onto earth. or just meteors.
Rob Moir (7 months ago)
What happened on February 1st 2003 was unprecedented no American astronauts had ever died upon 're entry also i,would like,to have wept for the two female astronauts two wonderful ladies
Little Yeti (7 months ago)
Compare these two photographs, BOTH by NASA..: 1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earthrise 2. https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/from-a-million-miles-away-nasa-camera-shows-moon-crossing-face-of-earth Explain.
almostfm (2 months ago)
Why, it's almost like imaging technology advanced in the intervening 47 years.
JayJay Whalley (7 months ago)
its crazy to think they got desecrated
Kevin Silvers (7 months ago)
New book out today, BRINGING HOME COLUMBIA. Regales the final moments to the recovery of this marvelous machine.
Jim Turner (8 months ago)
Be advised...there NEVER was an "explosion". It was a break-up! That's obvious!!!
Nedews (8 months ago)
i wonder if they ever found the bodies
jrockett73 (7 months ago)
Alankar Joey (8 months ago)
will never forget this, i was very young but i still remember how everyone was talking about it, the entire nation mourned Kalpana's death
StayWook3 (8 months ago)
I remember this on a different date March 1
Atarasingko Lelasip (8 months ago)
I remember seeing this (probably not this exact clip) on TVs in the electronic section at Walmart, when I was a kid.. I didn’t really know what was going on back then. Tragic.
ELVIS (8 months ago)
That was such a sad day unbelievable!!
Leopoldo Chatz Mata (8 months ago)
That's when all the Muslims were celebrating in the stréets, the smelly coksuxers !
Kamal Paul (8 months ago)
Justin Fencsak (8 months ago)
15 years ago...and now we have spacex making killer rockets
Fitter Fitter (8 months ago)
Пиндосов не жаль!
- Что случилось с челноком? - Он развалился.
Fishbein Oortcloud (8 months ago)
I watched this for my front yard in Fort Worth, fuckin tragic. It was a beautiful morning and I was all excited, was to be my first observation of a daylight reentry :( What a shocking display I observed.
shgun luber (8 months ago)
Светлой памяти посланникам Человечества!
OnceInABlueMoon (8 months ago)
15 years ago today. Very sad. May all 7 crew members RIP <3
detroit nelson (8 months ago)
ahhh yes feb 2003, i remember so well. i had sex the last time just 2 months before. lol serious, 15 years plus ago. heeeheeeheeee and its not like im 90years old or nuthin its just im really really ugly face and girls have no reason to acknowledge me. hahahahaaaaa so the crew of columbia not so unlucky afterall . . . . . . . lol
tc community (8 months ago)
15 years ago tomorrow y’all!
Joseph Astier (8 months ago)
If they weren't already dead by 0:18, they were afterwards.
Trev Mac (8 months ago)
yer a genius
Nuancolar (8 months ago)
NASA does not call this an explosion. They say it is the onboard computer system automatically firing thrusters in an attempt to re-orient the vehicle into a proper re-entry position, but the vehicle was breaking up and it was futile.
Gerogina Lee (8 months ago)
15 years ago today.
Shelby Bell (8 months ago)
February 1, 2003

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