Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster

Jay Lawson, an amateur astronomer at the Fleischmann Planetarium at the University of Nevada, Reno, caught this video from outside his Sparks home. It shows the Columbia orbiter approaching from the right toward the the planet Venus. A flare can be seen coming from the Shuttle orbiter, which begins leaving a trail behind it.

Date: February 1st 2003
Credit: Jay Lawson


  • Rick D. Husband, Commander
  • William C. McCool, Pilot
  • Michael P. Anderson, Payload Commander
  • Kalpana Chawla, Mission Specialist
  • David M. Brown, Mission Specialist
  • Laurel B. Clark, Mission Specialist
  • Ilan Ramon, (ISA) Payload Specialist