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Columbia's last flight
A timeline of events in the last flight of space shuttle Columbia. All times Pacific.
Jan. 16, 7:39 a.m. Columbia rockets into orbit from Kennedy Space Center.
Feb. 1, 5:15 a.m. Columbia fires braking rockets, streaks toward touchdown.
5:53 a.m. NASA loses temperature measurements for shuttle's left hydraulic system.
5:58 a.m. NASA loses measurements from three temperature sensors on shuttle's left side.
5:59 a.m. NASA loses eight more temperature measures and pressure measures for left
5:59 a.m. Final transmission. Mission Control radios: "Columbia, Houston, we see your tire pressure messages and we did not copy your last." Columbia replies: "Roger, uh, ..."
6 a.m. NASA loses all data and contact with Columbia at 207,135 feet.
6 a.m. Residents of Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana report hearing "a big bang" and seeing flames in the sky.
6:16 a.m. Columbia's scheduled landing time.
6:29 a.m. NASA declares an emergency.
6:44 a.m. NASA warns residents to stay away from possibly hazardous debris.
8 a.m. Kennedy Space Center lowers flag to half-staff.
11:05 a.m. President Bush announces: "Columbia is lost; there are no survivors."
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