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Memorial Service for the Astronauts of Shuttle Columbia

Tuesday, February 4, 2003

A memorial for the astronauts of the Shuttle Columbia was held at the Johnson Space Center. President Bush attended and gave a speech honoring the astronauts. A quote from his speech:

"This cause of exploration and discovery is not an option we choose; it is a desire written in the human heart. We are that part of creation which seeks to understand all creation. We find the best among us, send them forth into unmapped darkness, and pray they will return. They go in peace for all mankind, and all mankind is in their debt."

The STS-107 crew were Commander Rick D. Husband, Mission Specialist Kalpana Chawla, Pilot William C. McCool, Mission Specialists David M. Brown, Laurel B. Clark and Michael P. Anderson, and Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon.

More: Whitehouse - Transcript of the President's Remarks

Shuttle Columbia and Seven Crew Members Lost

Saturday, February 1, 2003

Saturday morning over north central Texas, the Space Shuttle Columbia and all seven astronauts were lost during reentry from orbit. Columbia was returning to Kennedy Space Center, Fla. after a 16-day scientific research mission, STS-107.


Link: NASA - Information about the Shuttle Columbia, her crew, the mission, and the ongoing investigation