HOUSTON, TX– (CNN) 10 years ago on Feb 1, 2003 the shuttle Columbia crumbled to Earth after 16 days in the heavens.
It started as a dot — a bright, white star that raced across the Southwest.
Over Texas, the dot became a streak that thickened, then spawned smaller streaks.
A decade ago, 200,000 feet above Texas, the space shuttle Columbia broke apart on re-entry.
All seven astronauts aboard died.
The seven astronauts aboard were killed: Air Force Col. Rick Husband, 45, the crew commander; Navy Cmdr. William McCool, 41, the pilot; Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Anderson, 43, payload commander; Navy Capt. Laurel Clark, 41; Navy Capt. David Brown, 46; Israeli Air Force Col. Ilan Ramon, 48, Israel’s first astronaut; and Kalpana Chawla, 41, a civilian.