NASA Remembers Space Shuttle Columbia and the Astronuats Aboard
Over Texas, the dot became a streak that thickened, then spawned smaller streaks — “little sparklies,” Linda Steed recalled.
Then came the sound — “a big, rolling boom,” she said. “The dog started barking like crazy.”
A decade ago, 200,000 feet above Steed’s driveway in Nacogdoches, the space shuttle Columbia broke apart on re-entry. All seven astronauts aboard died.