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External Panel Takes Over Shuttle Probe

Debris collected from space shuttle Columbia will be trucked to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida so investigators can sift through the pieces looking for clues about why the shuttle disintegrated. Meanwhile, an external panel takes over leadership of the probe into the Columbia catastrophe. Hear from NPR's Lynn Neary and NPR's Joe Palca.

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Lynn Neary is an NPR arts correspondent covering books and publishing.
Joe Palca is a science correspondent for NPR. Since joining NPR in 1992, Palca has covered a range of science topics — everything from biomedical research to astronomy. He is currently focused on the eponymous series, "Joe's Big Idea." Stories in the series explore the minds and motivations of scientists and inventors. Palca is also the founder of NPR Scicommers – A science communication collective.