NASA commemorated the crew on the Columbia space shuttle, remembering the terrible disaster which happened 14 years ago. The crew embarked on the spaceship on January 16, 2003. They have waited approximately five years to depart for this mission. The space shuttle set off from Launch Complex 39A. The mission was originally scheduled for May 2000.
- On February 1st, 2017, NASA remembered the disasters which happened 14 years ago.
- The crew on the Columbia space shuttle has died in a terrible accident.
- Back then, NASA opened an investigation to reveal the cause of the accident.
Specialists decided to change the date prioritizing assembly and supply for the Space Station along with a servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. The scheduled date was modified several times to fulfill other more important goals. Astronauts have spent about 16 days undergoing more than a hundred experiments in the SpaceHab module in the payload bay of the Columbia space shuttle.
Most of the discoveries were sent to Houston. Unfortunately, their mission had the most terrible end because Columbia spaceship broke down somewhere over Texas on February 1st, 2003 during re-entry. The members of the crew were all commemorated yesterday, on February 1st by NASA. The team of astronauts was conducted by the mission commander, Rick Husband.
He was on his second mission after becoming the pilot on STS-96. Husband was licensed as a second lieutenant in the US Air Force before he joined NASA. He loved sports, like skiing on both snow and water. The pilot of the ship was William McCool. He was also a commander in the US Navy. The mission on Columbia space shuttle was his first spaceflight.
The mission specialist 1 of this crew of astronauts was David Brown. He was a US Navy Captain who served as a flight surgeon before flying the A-6E Intruder. The Columbia space shuttle mission was his first spaceflight. Kalpana Chawla was mission specialist 2 of the crew. She was on her second spaceflight aboard Columbia spaceship.
When she was not busy at NASA, she was thrilled to fly gliders, multi-engine land aircraft, and water aircraft. Michael Anderson was mission specialist 3. He was a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. This was his second spaceflight. He had previously flown on the 8th Shuttle-Mir Program mission, STS-89.
The fourth mission specialist was Laurel Clark. She was a medical doctor by trade. The payload specialist Ilan Ramon was the first Israeli astronaut. Back then, NASA had opened an investigation to try and find the source of the terrible accident.
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