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Astronauts could not escape

on February, 1st coming in the land shuttle Cîlumbia at height about 70 km has collapsed on two parts, and then from them smaller pieces have started to separate. NASA for the present did not declare a recognition of the fact of accident. Onboard the ship there were 7 astronauts.
as representatives space agencies inform, astronauts could not catapult from a board of a space shuttle as the shuttle is not equipped by individual means of rescue.

causes of accident are not known. As specify sources in NASA, last communication session was 16 minutes prior to planned landing, transfers RIA “ News “.

the Shuttle has collapsed in air some minutes prior to landing. The shots shown on the American channels testify to it, which on the air “ traced “ ship flight on a trajectory of its decrease over Texas.

shuttle Columbia started from the Earth on January, 16th. Its start and flight were accompanied by unprecedented security measures in connection with threat of act of terrorism onboard the ship.