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October 29, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Remembered as seven brave explorers, the Columbia astronauts were honored at Cape Canaveral with the unveiling of their names carved into the national Space Mirror Memorial, just six miles from where they rocketed into orbit nine months ago. Covering two panels on the striking monument, which resembles a giant mirror, their names joined those of 17 other astronauts who died doing their jobs. Filling the front row of chairs were the immediate families of Michael P. Anderson, David M.
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October 29, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Remembered as seven brave explorers, the Columbia astronauts were honored at Cape Canaveral with the unveiling of their names carved into the national Space Mirror Memorial, just six miles from where they rocketed into orbit nine months ago. Covering two panels on the striking monument, which resembles a giant mirror, their names joined those of 17 other astronauts who died doing their jobs. Filling the front row of chairs were the immediate families of Michael P. Anderson, David M.
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August 7, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Seven asteroids circling the sun between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter are being named for the astronauts who died in the space shuttle Columbia accident, officials announced. Rick D. Husband, William C. McCool, Michael P. Anderson, Kalpana Chawla, David M. Brown and Laurel Clark of NASA and Ilan Ramon of Israel died Feb. 1 when Columbia broke apart.
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February 14, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
NASA said Thursday that Air Force forensics experts have positively identified the remains of all seven astronauts killed when the space shuttle Columbia was destroyed Feb. 1. The remains were found scattered among pieces of the Columbia's wreckage in central and East Texas. They were taken to Dover Air Force Base, Del., where identities were confirmed through dental records and DNA tests. NASA had previously confirmed the identification of Israeli air force Col.
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February 2, 2003 | Laura King and Rich Connell, Times Staff Writers
For two grueling years, they honed their skills and their characters with hundreds of hours of exacting training. They studied the careers of antique British explorers and, together, climbed rugged mountains in Wyoming. They were a team: Five men and two women. Their leader was Rick D. Husband, an Air Force colonel and father of two who sang solos in his church choir.
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February 2, 2003
Themes of hope and devotion replayed many times across the life of astronaut Michael P. Anderson. In youth, he was energized by the challenges of science and the possibilities of flight. In what turned out to be his final days, he sought to inspire those around him. The doting father and committed Christian was one of just seven African American astronauts in the space program.
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February 7, 2003 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
The personnel at Edwards Air Force Base paid tribute Thursday to the seven astronauts who died aboard the space shuttle Columbia, vowing to carry on the dangerous but important work of testing the boundaries of space. Many who gathered for the outdoor service were pilots and former astronauts from Edwards and the nearby NASA Dryden Flight Research Center who knew the Columbia crew personally. Columbia's commander, Rick D.
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March 1, 2003 | Scott Gold, Times Staff Writer
They were cruising along at 25 times the speed of sound, more than 500,000 feet above the South Pacific. By then, there was little to do but enjoy the ride and rediscover the simple pleasures of life on Earth -- like gravity. At 7:45 a.m. CST on Feb. 1, astronaut William C. McCool, the pilot of the space shuttle Columbia, picked up a cardboard page of his flight manual and then let go. During the previous 16 days, the page would have hovered in front of him, suspended in a zero-gravity state.
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May 11, 2003 | William Lobdell, Times Staff Writer
The new kids on the block aren't headliners at a Billy Graham crusade. The Rev. Billy Graham is 84. Cliff Burrows, music and program director, is a relatively chipper 80. And the featured singer, baritone George Beverly Shea, is 94. The gray-haired trio has been together for more than 50 years, having appeared before an estimated live audience of 210 million in more than 185 countries and territories.
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February 2, 2003
By the time he was 4, Rick D. Husband knew he wanted to travel into space. Like many children during those years, he was dazzled by the astronauts in the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs, whose exploits he watched on television at his boyhood home in Amarillo, Texas. He contacted NASA's astronaut recruiters when he was a college sophomore at Texas Tech University. The letter he got back listing the program's requirements became a checklist that guided the rest of his life. Dr.
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July 1, 2003 | Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writer
The first disclosure to the crew of the space shuttle Columbia that foam debris had rammed their ship during launch came in an informal e-mail on Jan. 23 that said the issue was "not even worth mentioning." A NASA official at Johnson Space Center wrote that photographs taken at the launch a week earlier showed a chunk of foam hitting the left wing, but he assured mission commander Rick D. Husband and pilot William C. McCool that "there is absolutely no concern" about the impact.
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