On This Day: Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster

When the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated as it returned home in 2003, it sparked questions about the future of America's space program. Using video footage that includes former astronauts involved in the shuttle program, experts on the space program, and political speeches about the tragedy, young scholars consider the impact of the disaster and then answer for themselves: What is America's role in space?

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use video clips to discuss the future of the United States' space program
Classroom Considerations

  • Resource requires a free C-SPAN Classroom account or the use of the following login credentials: Username: students, Password: C-SPANCLASSROOM
  • Content of some video clips may not be appropriate for all learners; therefore, preview all materials to determine if appropriate for your classes
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros

  • Videos highlight a case study easy to use in a variety of ways
  • Resource shows Columbia tragedy through a variety of windows, including political and personal testimonies
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