NASA releases Columbia report.
December 30, 2008 2:57 PM Subscribe
NASA releases the Columbia shuttle disaster report.
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Space shuttle Columbia broke up during re-entry in 2003 as a result of damage sustained to its thermal protection system. This report details the possible lethal incidents and the investigation board's recommendations based on their findings.A synopsis on Wikipedia
provides a good, brief review. Here's MetaFilter's original thread
about the disaster.
According to the report, there were five events with lethal potential: depressurization of the crew module, trauma from a "rotating load environment" and lack of upper body restraint as the as the forebody starting spinning, disintegration of the crew module, exposure to an extreme environment, and ground impact.
It is believed that the crew lost consciousness very quickly and soon after depressurization.