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External Board Assumes Control of Shuttle Investigation

An independent panel headed by retired Navy Adm. Harold Gehman takes over the Columbia investigation. Meanwhile, a joint House-Senate hearing launches a congressional investigation into why the space shuttle broke apart upon re-entry Feb. 1. NPR's Larry Abramson reports.

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Larry Abramson is NPR's National Security Correspondent. He covers the Pentagon, as well as issues relating to the thousands of vets returning home from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.