Feb. 1, 2003 — About 15 minutes before its scheduled touchdown on Feb. 1, 2003, the Columbia orbiter broke apart during its reentry to Earth and all seven crewmembers died. The group had just finished a two-week mission, STS-107, completing dozens of science experiments. An investigation later showed that damage during launch to the shuttle's thermal protection system led to structural failure of the shuttle’s left wing.
Jan 21, 2014
After a two-month journey powered only by solar power, Solar Impulse HB-SIA’s last leg across the United States should have literally been a breeze.
Jul 25, 2013
An eight-foot-long tear in the fabric of the lower side of the left wing did not keep Solar Impulse from touching down at its destination July 6, completing a transcontinental journey on solar power alone.
Jul 09, 2013