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Shuttle Columbia Investigation

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Shuttle Columbia Investigation

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NPR's Richard Harris reports the space shuttle Columbia may have crashed because a falling piece of foam insulation knocked loose a protective piece of the wing during liftoff. To test the theory, NASA scientists are blasting big chunks of foam from a cannon to see what kind of damage they do. The space shuttle Columbia broke up during re-entry on February 1.