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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Decade Ago: Space Shuttle Columbia & Crew

A decade ago today (February 1, 2003), the Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-107) broke-up in the skies over Texas on a re-entry path to the runway at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The crew of Space Shuttle Columbia consisted of 7 astronauts:  Rick D. Husband - Commander;  William C. McCool - Pilot; Michael P. Anderson;  David M. Brown;  Kalpana Chawla; Laurel Clark; and Ilan Ramon - first Israeli in space.

"The same Creator who names the stars also knows the names of the seven souls we mourn today. The crew of the shuttle Columbia did not return safely to Earth; yet we can pray that all are safely home." - President George W. Bush, address to the nation from the Cabinet Room of the White House. 2:04 EST 01 Feb. 2003.

1 comment:

Shayri said...

All of them were brave guys who dedicated their lives for the cause of space missions. Kalpana wiil be remembered as the most accomplished woman of Indian origin in the field of science, technology and space research. India is proud of her achievements. She will be a role model for hundreds of Indian women. May her soul rest in eternal peace.