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Columbia Investigation Focuses on 'Slit' on Shuttle Wing

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Columbia Investigation Focuses on 'Slit' on Shuttle Wing

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Columbia Investigation Focuses on 'Slit' on Shuttle Wing

Columbia Investigation Focuses on 'Slit' on Shuttle Wing

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The investigation of the shuttle Columbia disaster turns to a "long, narrow slit" on the space shuttle's left wing, which may have allowed super-heated gases to penetrate the orbiter. The slit is close to an area that investigators believe was hit by a chunk of foam during liftoff. Hear NPR's Richard Harris.