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Tribute to the Crew of Columbia

Columbia Flight STS-107 crew
From left to right: David M. Brown, Rick D. Husband, Laurel B. Clark, Kalpana Chawla, Michael P. Anderson, William C. McCool, Ilan Ramon.
Click for graphic representing location of Columbia crew asteroids

The 28th and final flight of Columbia (STS-107) was a 16-day mission dedicated to research in physical, life, and space sciences. The seven astronauts aboard Columbia worked 24 hours a day, in two alternating shifts, successfully conducting approximately 80 separate experiments. On February 1, 2003, the Columbia and its crew were lost over the southern United States during the spacecraft’s re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere. The following seven citations are dedicated to the final crew of the space shuttle Columbia.

(51823) Rickhusband = 2001 OY28
Discovered 2001 July 18 at Palomar by the JPL Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking Program. Rick D. Husband (1957-2003) was the commander of the space shuttle Columbia (STS-107).

(51824) Mikeanderson = 2001 OE30
Discovered 2001 July 19 at Palomar by the JPL Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking Program. Michael P. Anderson (1959-2003) was the payload commander of the space shuttle Columbia (STS-107).

(51825) Davidbrown = 2001 OQ33
Discovered 2001 July 19 at Palomar by the JPL Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking Program. David M. Brown (1956-2003) was a mission specialist on the space shuttle Columbia (STS-107).

(51826) Kalpanachawla = 2001 OB34
Discovered 2001 July 19 at Palomar by the JPL Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking Program. Kalpana Chawla (1961-2003) was a mission specialist on the space shuttle Columbia (STS-107).

(51827) Laurelclark = 2001 OH38
Discovered 2001 July 20 at Palomar by the JPL Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking Program. Laurel B. Clark (1961-2003) was a mission specialist on the space shuttle Columbia (STS-107).

(51828) Ilanramon = 2001 OU39
Discovered 2001 July 20 at Palomar by the JPL Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking Program. Ilan Ramon (1954-2003), an Israeli citizen, was a payload specialist on the space shuttle Columbia (STS-107).

(51829) Williemccool = 2001 OD41
Discovered 2001 July 21 at Palomar by the JPL Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking Program. William C. “Willie” McCool (1961-2003) was the pilot of the space shuttle Columbia (STS-107).


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