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NASA E-Mail: Engineers Pondered Shuttle Breakup

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NASA E-Mail: Engineers Pondered Shuttle Breakup

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NASA E-Mail: Engineers Pondered Shuttle Breakup

NASA E-Mail: Engineers Pondered Shuttle Breakup

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NASA releases e-mails demonstrating that a day before space shuttle Columbia's demise, engineers privately worried about the impact of tile damage sustained at launch. The e-mails explored prophetic "what-if" scenarios that concluded the orbiter could lose its left wing and break up high in the atmosphere. Hear NPR's Richard Harris.

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