But, you may say, Columbia was destroyed on re-entry. This is true but the foam strike at 82 seconds into the flight was the primary cause of the loss of the ship.
I remember what I was doing when I heard the news of the breakup but, unlike challenger, the images haven’t resonated as much as Challenger did. it maybe because she was lost in re-entry and not in front of the world’s press.
It just felt different to the Challenger disaster from 1986. No big explosion broadcast around the world. All we got was just a trail of “shooting stars”.