God Bless and Hold Our Astronauts February 01 2003
~David M. Brown~, ~Rick D. Husband~, ~Laurel Clark~, ~Kalpana Chawla~, ~Michael P. Anderson~, ~William C. McCool~, ~Ilan Ramon~
LORD PLEASE TAKE THESE HEROES INTO YOUR HEART AS THEY ASCEND TO HEAVEN. THEY GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL MANKIND. BLESS THE FAMILIES OF THE FALLEN AS THEY PREPARE FOR THIS TIME OF GREAT LOSS.
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.
Space Shuttle Columbia STS-107 Flight: January 16 2003 - February 1, 2003
Colonel Rick D. Husband, USAF Mission Commander History: Husband, 45, makes his second trip into space. The U.S. Air Force colonel and mechanical engineer piloted a shuttle flight in 1999, which included the first docking with the international space station.
CAPTAIN David M. Brown, MC, USN Flight Surgeon Mission Specialist History: The U.S. Navy captain makes his first flight into space. Brown, 46, an aviator and flight surgeon, is working on many experiments, including numerous biological ones.
Colonel Ilan Ramon, IAF Payload Specialist History: Ramon, 47, is the first Israeli astronaut. A colonel and former fighter pilot in the Israeli Air Force, he saw combat experience in the Yom Kippur War in 1973 and the Lebanon War in 1982.
Commander William C. McCool, USN Pilot History: The 40-year-old former test pilot makes his first foray into space. The U.S. Navy commander and Naval Academy graduate is responsible for maneuvering the shuttle as part of several experiments.
Lieutenant Colonel Michael P. Anderson, USAF, PhD Payload Commander History: Anderson, 42, went into orbit once before, a 1998 shuttle flight that docked with the Russian space station Mir. The U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel and physicist is responsible for the shuttle science mission.
Commander Laurel Clark, MC, USN Flight Surgeon Mission Specialist History: Clark, 41, a U.S. Navy commander and flight surgeon, is making her first flight into space. A medical school graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Clark is taking part in a variety of biological experiments.
Dr. Kalpana Chawla Mission Specialist History: Born in India in 1961, Chawla earned an aerospace engineering doctorate from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Chawla, who has logged more than 375 hours in space, was the prime robotic arm operator on a shuttle flight in 1997.
Stars Over Texas
I saw a star over Texas Within seven so brave I dropped to my knees For their souls I did pray
Sixteen minutes from home Where their families did wait Columbia did ride To her terrible fate
With a boom and a show Of long plumes and light Twas a sobering view Which did not bring delight
A sorrow descended Upon us one and all As the lives that had perished We did all recall
They loved what they did Without fear it may seem And they took their last breaths As they lived with their dream
So lets not despair O'er Columbia's last flight Her brave crew now dances Among the stars of the night
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