Liability Issues Associated with the Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster [February 12, 2003] [open pdf - 31KB]
From the Document: "The loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia resulted in the tragic deaths of seven astronauts and a hail of debris strewed over parts of at least two states. Investigators remain uncertain why Columbia was lost; there have been no definitive determinations of underlying causes or fault. But while the facts of the Columbia disaster are unclear, the legal principles and processes that govern possible compensation for the resultant losses of life and property can be identified. This report provides an overview of these issues and will be updated as circumstances warrant."
CRS Report for Congress, RS21426
Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/