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Inside Kennedy

Public Inquiries

John F. Kennedy Space Center,
Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899
Phone: 321.867.5000
Email: Public Inquiries

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Breaking News

Since the Space Shuttle Columbia first soared into the heavens she, along with her crews, have held a high profile in the public’s imagination. This attention only continued to heighten throughout her career. Today, the public interest in Columbia continues to be an inspiration to both those who flew aboard her and to those who had the honor of launching her into space.  More ...

Columbia Research and Preservation Office

The Columbia Research and Preservation area is a nearly 7,000-square-foot room located on the 16th floor of the "A" Tower of the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center. The room contains over 80,000 pieces, weighing in at about 80,000 pounds, representing approximately 40 percent of Columbia's...

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Columbia Recovery Office

The Columbia Research & Preservation Office is also responsible for the Columbia Recovery Office duties/activities. These duties/activities include:

* Receipt of calls via the 1-866-446-6603 or the 321/861-5129 numbers from the public and collection of details for Information Sheet.

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Debris Research

With sights set on the future of space flight, NASA provides Columbia debris material for research to the aerospace and educational industry.  NASA believes permitting access to the debris will allow companies to design and build safer, more reliable components for future spacecraft...

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Video Tributes and Image Galleries

1979-2003 A Journey in time. A Time for Exploration

The history of Columbia.

Columbia, the first of NASA's orbiter fleet, is commonly referred to as OV-102, for Orbiter Vehicle-102. Columbia was delivered to Kennedy Space Center in March 1979. STS-1, Columbia's maiden voyage, launched on April 12, 1981, and was the inaugural flight in the Space Shuttle Program.More Columbia Vehicle History...

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Bringing her home.

+ Columbia Recovery Operations Photos
The major shuttle Columbia recovery efforts in East Texas required a cast of thousands and had returned home to Kennedy Space Center about 40 percent of the Space Shuttle...More Bringing Her Home...