Jerusalem The Israeli newspaper Maariv on Monday published a picture of the American space shuttle Columbia apparently showing two cracks on its left wing.
picture was taken 11 days before the shuttle broke up on its way back to Earth on Saturday, killing all seven crew members.
The photograph was extracted from footage taken by a camera onboard the shuttle during a live satellite video conference between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Colonel Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli to travel to space.
During the 15-minute conversation with Sharon and other Israeli officials, Ramon offered to share his view of Earth from the shuttle.
'It would not have been able to do anything to save the crew'
The video caught part of the shuttle's left wing, showing two "long" cracks, according to the newspaper.
The fissures could have been the cause of the technical problems experienced by the shuttle which led to its breakup over Texas, 16 minutes before it was due to land, the newspaper stated.