June 7, 2011
This view features a 13,980-foot mountain peak in Colorados Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Saguache County, photographed by crewmembers of the STS-90 Space Shuttle Columbia mission in April 1998. EDITORS NOTE: In June 2003, the summit was named Columbia Point by the U.S. Department of Interior in memory of the STS-107 Space Shuttle Columbia crew, lost in an accident on February 1, 2003, and for the scientific exploration, technical excellence, and the dream of spaceflight for which the mission stood. Columbia Point is located on the east side of Kit Carson Mountain. On the northwest shoulder of the same mountain is Challenger Point, a peak previously named in memory of the Space Shuttle Challenger, which exploded soon after liftoff on January 28, 1986.
Topics: Hospitality Recreation, Saguache County, Colorado, Custer County, Colorado, Geography of Colorado, Kit Carson Peak, Challenger Point, Columbia Point, Edwards Air Force Base, Space Shuttle Columbia, Manned spacecraft, Spaceflight, Space Shuttle program, Space exploration