Why Did the Space Shuttle Columbia Explode?

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The Space Shuttle Columbia tore apart February 1, 2003 as it was coming in to land after completing its mission. It disintegrated over Texas and Louisiana during re-entry and it killed all 7 crew members on board. The shuttle did not actually explode. The reason it disintegrated is because damage to the protective thermal tiles on the left wing of the shuttle. A piece of insulating foam broke off from the external fuel tank during its liftoff. The damage was minor, but the effects of it was major.
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over texas.
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Feb 1, 2003: The Space Shuttle Columbia was lost during its
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It didn't explode. The left wing broke off during re-entry due to a break in the thermal shielding, which allowed plasma from the re-entry to penetrate and weaken the wing structure
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Columbia Space Shuttle broke up over north-central Texas. The foam from the fuel tank hit the left wing of the shuttle. This happened 1st, February, 2003.
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