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3 February 2003
Space Shuttle Columbia Explodes

You will hear a story about the space shuttle Columbia. Listen and put in the missing words.

The space shuttle Columbia exploded yesterday just 16 minutes before it was due to land at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, USA. All seven astronauts on board .

The craft had been travelling a speed of 2012 kilometres hour and was just 64 kilometres earth when the accident occurred. was returning from a 16 mission in space. Scientists had conducting experiments on cancer cells spider behaviour.

President Bush told , ‘the Columbia is lost. There no survivors.’

The future of missions is uncertain. Meantime three on the international space station scheduled to be picked up a shuttle in March.


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