This photo was discovered on an undeveloped roll of film found in the debris field of Space Shuttle #Columbia, which disintegrated during re-entry over northern Texas on February 1, 2003. The crew was lost in the explosion. (L to R) Bottom: Kalpana Chawla, mission specialist; Rick D. Husband, mission commander; Laurel B. Clark, mission specialist; and Ilan Ramon, payload specialist. Top: David M. Brown, mission specialist; William C. McCool, pilot; Michael P. Anderson, payload commander.
The seven STS-107 crew members who died in an explosion of the Shuttle Columbia on Feb. 1, 2003, are: Rick D. Husband, mission commander; Kalpana Chawla, mission specialist; and William C. McCool, pilot. Astronauts David M. Brown, Laurel B. Clark, and Michael P. Anderson, all mission specialists; and Ilan Ramon, payload specialist representing the Israeli Space Agency.
Colonel Ilan Ramon was an Israeli Air Force combat pilot and the first Israeli astronaut to take part in a space mission, the fatal Space Shuttle Columbia mission. Colonel Ramon accumulated over 3,000 flight hours on the A-4, Mirage III-C, and F-4, and over 1,000 flight hours on the F-16. Ramon's journey into space occurred as Israelis continued to suffer through a horrendous period of violence and helped lift the nation's spirits. Ramon was a national hero and a symbol of hope.