It was launched on January 16th, 2003; while returning to atmosphere, the Columbia Space Shuttle got destroyed due to a damage to the thermal shield at the vehicle departure. The entire crew died. 11 experiments promoted by the ASI were aboard.

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International Partners Advance Cooperation with First Signings of the Artemis Accords   ‣

 International cooperation on and around the Moon as part of the Artemis program is taking a step forward today with the signing of the Artemis Accords between NASA and several partner countries MORE...