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Seven space shuttle astronauts mourned

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- The nation mourned seven astronauts Sunday, one of them Israel's first person in space, all killed Saturday when something let pressures of supersonic re-entry rip apart the space shuttle Columbia in the upper atmosphere.
IRENE BROWN, UPI Science News

Rising temperatures preceded shuttle's end

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Temperatures above shuttle Columbia's left wing soared to unprecedented high levels minutes before the craft broke apart over east Texas, killing its seven-member crew and stunning a space agency obsessed. Engineers have begun the work of piecing together
IRENE K. BROWN, UPI Science News

Admidst grief, cargo ship flies to station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- As NASA braces itself for what promises to be a long and tedious investigation into what caused shuttle Columbia to perish as it returned to Earth on Saturday, an unmanned Russian rocket blasted off Sunday to ferry supplies to the International Space Stat
IRENE BROWN, UPI Science News

Shuttle Columbia and crew of seven lost

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Space shuttle Columbia and its seven-member crew, including Israel's first astronaut Ilan Ramon, were lost upon return to Earth Saturday following a 16-day space research mission.
IRENE BROWN, UPI Science News

All astronauts know the risks involved

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Every person who has gone into space has shared both the knowledge of and anxiety over the risks involved -- including the fact that more than a few other missions nearly resulted in disasters.
PHIL BERARDELLI, UPI Deputy Science and Technology Editor

Columbia crew bio: Rick Husband

Space Shuttle Commander Col. Rick D. Husband, U.S. Air Force, was returning from his second shuttle mission when the space vehicle broke up over Texas Saturday morning. He was 45.
By United Press International

Transcript of Bush speech on shuttle loss

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Here is the transcript of President Bush's remarks on the loss of the shuttle Columbia and its crew of seven Saturday. The president spoke from the Cabinet Room of the White House.

Columbia, crew lost

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Space shuttle Columbia and its seven-member crew, including Israel's first astronaut Ilan Ramon, were lost upon return to Earth Saturday following a 16-day space research mission.
IRENE BROWN, UPI Science News

Shuttle, crew lost

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Space shuttle Columbia and its seven-member crew, including Israel's first astronaut Ilan Ramon, were lost upon return to Earth Saturday following a 16-day spac
IRENE BROWN, UPI Science News

Feature: Outdoor rigors bonded astronauts

About two years ago, Rick Husband, space shuttle Columbia's flight commander, looked over his crew and decided to try to bond the team before the pressure of training for a complicated, dual-shift, 16-day spaceflight tested everyone's resolve.
IRENE BROWN, UPI Science News

Long-delayed mission space-bound at last

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Shuttle Columbia and a crew of seven, including the first astronaut from Israel, took an 8-1/2-minute rocket ride to space on Thursday to begin a marathon fact-finding mission for more than 80 scientific investigations.
IRENE BROWN, UPI Science News

Israeli's ride to space at the launch pad

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Two days after shuttle Endeavour returned to Earth, NASA moved a second orbiter to the launch pad on Monday in preparation for a long-delayed space research mission featuring the first flight of an Israeli astronaut.
IRENE BROWN, UPI Science News
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KSP2003011601 - KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Florida, Jan 16 (UPI) - The seven member crew of STS107, commanded by Col. Rick Husband (front), depart the Operations and Checkout Building at 7:24 am on Jan 16. This shuttle mission is dedicated to scientific research and is scheduled to last for 16 days. Marino / Cantrell
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Richard Douglas "Rick" Husband (July 12, 1957 – February 1, 2003) was an astronaut and the space shuttle commander of STS-107 (Columbia) who was killed when the craft disintegrated after reentry into the Earth's atmosphere. Husband is a recipient of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

Husband was born in Amarillo, Texas. He attended Belmar Elementary, Crockett Junior High School, and he graduated from Amarillo High School in 1975. Husband received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Texas Tech University in 1980, and a master of science degree also in mechanical engineering from California State University, Fresno in 1990. His wife Evelyn details her Christian life with Rick and his struggles to fulfill his lifelong dream to become an astronaut in the 2004 book High Calling: The Courageous Life and Faith of Space Shuttle Columbia Commander Rick Husband by Evelyn Husband and co-written by Donna VanLiere. The Husbands have two children, a daughter Laura and a son Matthew. Evelyn remarried Bill Thompson in January 2008 and was the keynote speaker for the memorial ceremony at the Astronaut Memorial "Space Mirror" at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, five years after the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy. (Source-Florida Today, February 1, 2008)

After graduating from Texas Tech University, Husband was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force and attended pilot training at Vance Air Force Base (AFB) in Oklahoma. He finished his training there in October 1981, and was assigned to F-4 Phantom II training at Homestead Air Force Base in Florida. After completion of F-4 training in September 1982, Husband was assigned to Moody Air Force Base in Georgia flying the F-4E. From September to November 1985, he attended F-4 Instructor School at Homestead AFB and was assigned as an F-4E instructor pilot and academic instructor at George AFB, California in December 1985.

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