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Space Shuttle Columbia Tragedy

Disaster and Investigation


sts-107 patch - Columbia Space Shuttle Disaster and Investigation

Patch of the ill fated STS-107 Columbia Space Shuttle mission. Space Shuttle Columbia Tragedy - Columbia Space Shuttle Disaster and Investigation


The Loss of The Columbia Space Shuttle

The Final Hours of STS-107

The Memorials

Crew Biographies

Read more about these heroes from the Space Shuttle Columbia STS-107.
    Rick Husband - Commander
    Born July 12, 1957, in Amarillo, Texas. Married with two children. He enjoyed singing, water and snow skiing, cycling, and spending time with his family.

    Willie McCool - Pilot
    Born September 23, 1961 in San Diego, California. Married. He enjoyed running, mountain biking, back country hiking/camping, swimming, playing guitar, chess.

    Kalpana Chawla - Mission Specialist
    Born in Karnal, India. Kalpana Chawla enjoyed flying, hiking, back-packing, and reading. She held Certificated Flight Instructor's license with airplane and glider ratings, Commercial Pilot's licenses for single- and multi-engine land and seaplanes, and Gliders, and instrument rating for airplanes. She enjoyed flying aerobatics and tail-wheel airplanes.

    Laurel Clark - Mission Specialist
    Born in Iowa, but considered Racine, Wisconsin, to be her hometown. Married with one child. She enjoyed scuba diving, hiking, camping, biking, parachuting, flying, traveling. Her parents reside in New Mexico.

    Mike Anderson - Mission Specialist
    Born December 25, 1959, in Plattsburgh, New York. Considered Spokane, Washington, to be his hometown. Married. He enjoyed photography, chess, computers, and tennis.

    David Brown - Mission Specialist
    Born April 16, 1956 in Arlington, Virginia. Single. Enjoyed flying and bicycle touring. Was a four year collegiate varsity gymnast. While in college he performed in the Circus Kingdom as an acrobat, 7 foot unicyclist and stilt walker. His parents, Paul and Dorothy Brown, reside in Washington, Virginia.

    Ilan Ramon - Payload Specialist
    Born June 20,1954 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Married to Rona. They have four children. He enjoyed snow skiing, squash. His parents reside in Beer Sheva, Israel.



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