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Bringing Columbia Home: Lessons Learned 15 Year After Shuttle Disaster

On the eve of the 15th anniversary of the space shuttle Columbia disaster, NASA’s former launch director talks about what happened and the role Texas played in search-and-recovery efforts.

Space Shuttle Columbia's Final Launch
Space shuttle Columbia launches on it’s final mission, STS-107, on Jan. 16, 2003.

Mike Leinbach is the former NASA space shuttle launch director and oversaw the launch of Columbia on its final mission in 2003, which ended in tragedy upon re-entry.

Tomorrow (Feb. 1) is the 15th anniversary of the disaster, and Leinbach is in Houston along with space historian Jonathan Ward to talk about their new book Bringing Columbia Home: The Untold Story of a Lost Space Shuttle and Her Crew.

They talk about the lessons learned from Columbia how Texas played a key role in search-and-recovery efforts.