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Columbia Shuttle Tragedy
(Released October 2003)

 
  by Yng-Ru Chen  

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Glossary
elevon: A control surface on an airplane that combines the functions of an elevator and an aileron.

thermal protection system: Various materials applied to the outer structure protect the orbiter from excessive heat.

bipod: A stand having two legs, as for the support of an instrument or a weapon.

external tank: The external tank feeds fuel to the main propulsion system.

RCC panels: reinforced carbon-carbon panels.