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Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial Site: Notable Deaths & Obituaries

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The Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas on the morning of Saturday, February 1, 2003. The crew included U.S. astronauts Rick Husband, Kalpana Chawla, William McCool, Michael Anderson, David Brown and Laurel Clark and Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon. We invite you to sign this Guest Book and share condolences for the entire crew.
When Kalpana Chawla emigrated to the United States from India in the 1980s, she wanted to design aircraft. The space program was the furthest thing from her mind. "That would be too far-fetched," the 41-year-old engineer said in an interview earlier this year. But "one thing led to another" and she was chosen as an astronaut in 1994 after working at NASA's Ames Research Center and Overset Methods Inc. in Northern California. Chawla was the first India native to fly on a space...
Four days before he was killed aboard space shuttle Columbia, Col. Rick Husband took a moment of silence to remember the astronauts who died in previous space disasters. "It is today that we remember and honor the crews of Apollo 1 and Challenger," the shuttle commander said on Tuesday, the 17th anniversary of the Challenger explosion. "They made the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives and service to the country and for all mankind," Husband radioed from Columbia before the...
Michael Anderson Obituary (AP News)

In Spokane, Wash., where he grew up, Lt. Col....

Ilan Ramon Obituary (AP News)

Israel's first astronaut, Ilan Ramon, knew he was...

William McCool Obituary (AP News)

William C. McCool was an experienced Navy pilot...

Laurel Clark Obituary (AP News)

Laurel Clark was a diving medical officer aboard...

David Brown Obituary (AP News)

David M. Brown was a varsity gymnast at the...

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