Columbia astronauts: From the left [bottom row], wearing red shirts to signify their shift’s color, are astronauts Kalpana Chawla, mission specialist; Rick D. Husband, mission commander; Laurel B. Clark, mission specialist; and Ilan Ramon, payload specialist. From the left [top row], wearing blue shirts, are astronauts David M. Brown, mission specialist; William C. McCool, pilot; and Michael P. Anderson, payload commander. IMAGE (AP Photo) (AP Photo) 2-1-13
Take a moment today to remember our nation’s fallen astronauts - SciGuy. Columbia: On Feb. 1, 2003, Columbia disintegrated over Texas and Louisiana as it reentered Earth’s atmosphere due to damage sustained by its heat shield during takeoff. Astronauts on board were Rick Husband, William McCool, Michael Anderson, Ilan Ramon, Kalpana Chawla, David Brown and Laurel Blair Salton Clark.