U.S. Independent Shuttle Disaster Probe Begins atc Only Available in Archive Formats. Real Media Facebook Twitter Google+ Email February 3, 200312:00 AM ET Debbie Elliott Twitter Instagram Pinterest Tumblr An independent board appointed by NASA begins its investigation of the shuttle disaster. The disaster probe in part will be modeled after the National Transportation Safety Board investigations of airplane crashes. NPR's Debbie Elliott reports. Related NPR Stories Expanded coverage Facebook Twitter Google+ Email We no longer support commenting on NPR.org stories, but you can find us every day on Facebook, Twitter, email, and many other platforms. Learn more or contact us.