Laurel Clark was one of the seven NASA astronauts who died in the space shuttle Columbia disaster. We remember Clark’s life today as well as the lives of other notable people who were born this day in history.
Laurel Clark was one of the seven NASA astronauts who died in the space shuttle Columbia disaster. A mission specialist, Clark was performing experiments on the shuttle with gardening in space. About her roses, she said, “Life continues in lots of places – and life is a magical thing.” We remember Clark’s life today as well as the lives of other notable people who were born this day in history.
Clark joined the Navy to pay her way through medical school and began looking toward the space program as her military career drew to a close, said her father, Robert Salton. Clark joined NASA in 1996 and earned a flight assignment as a mission specialist after two years. Before Columbia’s launch, Clark said her family, including son Ian, sometimes worried about her being an astronaut. “To me, there’s a lot of different things that we do during life that could potentially harm us, and I choose not to stop doing those things,” Clark said. “They’ve all come to accept that it’s what I want to do.” Read more
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