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What was the temperature of the heat which entered the hole in Columbia's wing?

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January 20, 2008 10:15AM

The heat generated by Columbia's re-entry into the atmosphere was around 3000 degrees F. Heat entered the hole in the thermal tiles on the leading edge of Columbia's left wing caused by falling foam at launch. This structurally damaged the frame, causing it to fail and it is thought to have torn from the vehicle.