Space: Columbia Disaster (STS 107)

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Space: Columbia Disaster (STS 107) Gender: N/A
born on 1 February 2003 at 08:59:32 (= 08:59:32 AM )
Place Nacogdoches, Texas, 31n36, 94w39
Timezone h5w
Data source
Timed official source
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Liefeld
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 12°17' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 13°54 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 26°23'

Space: Columbia Disaster (STS 107)


American Space Shuttle Columbia #STS107 launched 1/16/2003 at 10:39 AM EST, Kennedy Space Center, FL. (During lift-off foam fell off and hit left wing area -??)

It began to break up during reentry on 2/1/2003, starting approximately 7:53 AM/CST where temperature sensors were lost on left side of shuttle. Debris was sighted over Central Texas areas (including Palestine, TX )

The Columbia was traveling at approx. 13,000 mph at 207,135 ft. doing MACH 18.3 (18 X’s speed of sound)

  1. STS 1 - First Launched on 4/12/1981, 6:00AM EST

The seven astronauts who were all lost are:

  • 1] Rick Douglas Husband – Colonel USAF / STS107 Commander, July 12, 1957, Amarillo, Texas, EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, Texas Tech University, 1980; master's in mechanical engineering, California State University-Fresno, 1990. CAREER: Air Force colonel. Became NASA astronaut in 1994. Served as pilot of space craft in 1999, a 10-day mission that involved the first docking with the international space station. PERSONAL: Married, two children.
  • 2] William C. McCool – Commander USN – STS107 Pilot, September 23, 1961 San Diego, California, EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in applied science, U.S. Naval Academy, 1983; master's degree in computer science, University of Maryland, 1985; master's in aeronautical engineering, the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, 1992. CAREER: Navy commander. Worked as a test pilot in Flight Systems Department of Strike Aircraft Test Directorate at Patuxent River, Md. Selected by NASA in April 1996. FAMILY: Married.
  • 3] Dr. Kalpana Chawla –PhD. (Indian citizen), July 1, 1961 Karnal, India, EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering, Punjab Engineering College, India, 1982; master's in aerospace engineering, University of Texas, 1984; doctorate in aerospace engineering, University of Colorado, 1988. CAREER: Began work at NASA Ames Research Center in 1988. Joined Overset Methods Inc., of Los Altos, Calif., as vice president and research scientist in 1993. Selected by NASA for astronaut program in 1994. Flew on shuttle mission in 1997 as mission specialist and prime robotic arm operator. PERSONAL: Married.
  • 4] David M. Brown – Captain USN, April 16, 1956 Arlington, VA, EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in biology, College of William and Mary, 1978; doctorate in medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School, 1982. CAREER: Navy captain, pilot and doctor. Served as director of medical services at Navy Branch Hospital in Adak, Alaska. Became naval aviator in Beeville, Texas, in 1990, went to test pilot school in 1995 as flight surgeon. PERSONAL: Single.
  • 5] Laurel B. Clark – Commander USN – mission specialist, March 10, 1961 Ames, Iowa (also Medical Doctor), EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in zoology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1983; doctorate in medicine, UW-Madison, 1987. CAREER: Navy commander. Worked as diving medical officer aboard submarines, and naval flight surgeon. Selected by NASA in April 1996. FAMILY: Married, one child.
  • 6] Michael P. Anderson – Lt. Col. USAF (payload commander), December 25, 1959 Plattsburgh, New York, EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in physics/astronomy, University of Washington, 1981; master's in physics, Creighton University, 1990. CAREER: Air Force lieutenant colonel. Selected by NASA in 1994. From 1992 to 1995, served as an instructor pilot and tactics officer in the 380th Air Refueling Wing at Plattsburgh, N.Y. In 1998 flew on shuttle mission that docked with Mir space station. PERSONAL: Married
  • 7] Ilan Ramon – Colonel Israel Air Force – payload specialist, June 20, 1954 Tel Aviv, Israel (Israel citizen),EDUCATION: Graduated as a fighter pilot from Israel Air Force Flight School in 1974. Bachelor's degree in electronics and computer engineering from the University of Tel Aviv in 1987. CAREER: In 1980, became one of first Israeli pilots training to fly F-16s. Promoted to colonel in 1994. From 1994-1998, assigned as head of operational requirement for weapon development and acquisition. PERSONAL: Married, four children.

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  • Death by Accident 1 February 2003 at 07:53 AM (Space Shuttle Columbia explosion upon reentry)
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Source Notes,time in EST, even when local time in Texas is CST.

  • 8:59:15 [EST] (EI+906): MMACS told the Flight Director that pressure readings had been lost on both left main landing-gear tires. The Flight Director then instructed the Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM) to let the crew know that Mission Control saw the messages and was evaluating the indications, and added that the Flight Control Team did not understand the crew's last transmission.
  • 8:59:32 (EI+923): A broken response from the mission commander was recorded: "Roger, uh, bu – [cut off in mid-word] ..." It was the last communication from the crew and the last telemetry signal received in Mission Control.
  • 8:59:37 (EI+928): Hydraulic pressure, which is required to move the flight control surfaces, was lost at about 8:59:37. At that time, the Master Alarm would have sounded for the loss of hydraulics, and the shuttle began to lose control, beginning to roll and yaw uncontrollably, and the crew would have become aware of the serious problem.


  • Mundane : Medical/Science : Space (Breakup during reentry)