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February 02, 2003

Iran condoles with US, Indian crew of shuttle Columbia

And here is what Iran, with its good and peacful and loving religion has to say about the space ship disaster. Note that though Iran has differences with the U.S., nonetheless it hopes that science and "humanitarian" interest will be paramount.
Tehran, Feb 1, IRNA -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi expressed regret over the explosion of the Columbia Space Shuttle over the US skies and expressed condolences with the family members of its US and Indian crew.

Iran distinguishes between Iran-US political row and scientific, and humanitarian issues Asefi said, expressing hope that such unfortunate events will not deter scientific centers from their attempts to explore the undiscovered secrets of the creation.

The space shuttle Columbia appeared to explode and break up in the skies over Texas on Saturday with seven astronauts on board after it lost contact with NASA minutes before its scheduled landing...