01 February 2011

Seventeen Years Later

Seventeen years after the first space shuttle disaster the orbiter Columbia broke up during re-entry and was lost with all hands.The cause was determined to be a piece of insulating foam from the main booster fuel tank that had come loose during launch and damaged the thermal tiles which protect the ship against excessive heat build-up during re-entry.

On this day we remember the seven astronauts of STS-107:

Mission Commander Rick D. Husband
Pilot William C. McCool
Mission Specialist 1 David M. Brown
Mission Specialist 2 Kalpana Chawla
Payload Commander Michael P. Anderson
Mission Specialist 4 Laurel B. Clark
Payload Specialist 1 Ilian Ramon


cary said...

Remind me not to do any space travel at the behest of NASA during the months of January or February, will you?

Larry said...

Winter certainly does not seem to be their season, does it?
Thanks for dropping by!