NASA's Space Shuttle Columbia: Quick Facts and Issues for Congress [Updated April 17, 2003] [open pdf - 36KB]
"On February 1, 2003, NASA's Space Shuttle 'Columbia' broke apart while returning to Earth from a 16-day science mission in orbit. All seven astronauts -- six Americans and one Israeli -- were killed. An investigation is underway. This report provides quick facts about 'Columbia', her crew, the STS-107 mission, the status of the investigation, and a brief discussion of issues for Congress. Additional information on the space shuttle program is available in CRS [Congressional Research Service] Issue Brief IB93062, CRS Report RS21411, and CRS Report RS21419. This report will be updated often."
CRS Report for Congress, RS21408