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Shuttle Columbia Investigation

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Shuttle Columbia Investigation

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Shuttle Columbia Investigation

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NPR's David Kestenbaum reports on NASA tests to determine if a piece of foam that fell off the space shuttle Columbia's external fuel tank struck a fatal blow to the craft's wing. But scientists are not sure if it led directly to the break up of the shuttle upon reentry into the Earth's atmosphere. NASA will conduct tests using a giant, gas-powered gun to hurl identical pieces of foam at the same velocity.