This isn’t exactly political in nature but it did happen on this day in 2003.
It was the second Space Shuttle Disaster and the first shuttle lost on landing. There was shock around the world over the tragedy.
Space Shuttle Columbia was launched on January 16th, 2003 at 9.39am. Columbia was on a 16-day science research mission in Earth orbit which performed experiments in space.
It was the 113th mission. Columbia was the oldest space shuttle in the fleet of four. It was the first space shuttle to be launched in Earth orbit in 1981.