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NASA Defends Columbia Liftoff Procedure

NASA administrator Mike Kostelnik says there was no reason to think that possible damage to the space shuttle Columbia on liftoff was reason for concern. Meanwhile, the agency expands the search for debris, establishing a second collection site in Texas. NPR's Debbie Elliott reports.

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NPR National Correspondent Debbie Elliott can be heard telling stories from her native South. She covers the latest news and politics, and is attuned to the region's rich culture and history.