National Geographic News: Space Shuttle Columbia

National Geographic News:  Space Shuttle Columbia
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Space Shuttle Columbia hurtles toward space on mission STS-107. Following a flawless and uneventful countdown, liftoff occurred on-time at 10:39 a.m. ET, January 16, 2003. This mission was the first Shuttle mission of 2003. Mission STS-107 was the 28th flight of the orbiter Columbia and the 113th flight overall in NASA's Space Shuttle program.

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