CLEAR LAKE — The 10th anniversary of the Columbia disaster will be a quiet one at Johnson Space Center.

The Space Shuttle Columbia was returning to earth after a 16-day mission on Feb. 1, 2003. Minutes before landing, the craft disintegrated upon re-entry, killing all seven crew members.

Debris spread across East Texas and into Louisiana, but much of it landed in Sabine County near Hemphill.

JSC Director Ellen Ochoa and Astronaut Bill McArthur Jr. will be in Hemphill to take part in memorial services at 7:30 a.m. today at First Baptist Church.

There will be no formal services at Johnson Space Center today, as a day of remembrance was observed Jan. 24 for the crews of Columbia, Challenger and Apollo 1, which also perished.

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