In Memoriam

Francis R. Scobee (2), Commander

Michael J. Smith (1), Pilot

Judith A. Resnik (2), Mission Specialist 1

Ellison S. Onizuka (2), Mission Specialist 2

Ronald E. McNair (2), Mission Specialist 3

Gregory B. Jarvis (1), Payload Specialist 1

Sharon Christa McAuliffe (1), Payload Specialist 2 (TISP)

Challenger exploded shortly after liftoff in January 1986, killing all aboard and destroying the orbiter.

Columbia’s homepage is dedicated to the crew of the orbiter that exploded just before landing, when:

Upon reentering the atmosphere on February 1, 2003, the Columbia orbiter suffered a catastrophic failure due to a breach that occurred during launch when falling foam from the External Tank struck the Reinforced Carbon Carbon panels on the underside of the left wing. The orbiter and its seven crewmembers (Rick D. Husband, William C. McCool, David Brown, Laurel Blair Salton Clark, Michael P. Anderson, Ilan Ramon, and Kalpana Chawla) were lost approximately 15 minutes before Columbia was scheduled to touch down at Kennedy Space Center.