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Shuttle Commander Rick Douglas Hus-band, 45, a US Air Force colonel and former test pilot, was on his second shuttle mission. The Texan was chief of safety for NASA's Astronaut Office and was married with two children.

Shuttle Pilot William C. McCool, 41, a US Navy commander, was on his first shuttle voyage aboard Columbia, but had wide experience as a military test pilot with more than 2,800 hours of flight experience in 24 aircraft. He was married.

Shuttle Payload Commander Michael Anderson, 44, a US Air Force lieutenant colonel, was responsible for science hardware aboard Columbia and a shuttle veteran. He was married.

Ilan Ramon, 48, an Israeli Air Force colonel, was the first Israeli to go into space and was the son of a Holocaust survivor from theAuschwitz concentration camp. He was married with four children.

Laurel Blair Salton Clark, 41, a US Navy commander and physician, was on her first shuttle voyage. An avid scuba-diver, she performed many medical evacuations from submarines. She was married with one child.

David Brown, 46, a US Navy captain and surgeon, was a gymnast who performed as an acrobat, unicyclist and stilt-walker while attending college. The Columbia mission was his first space flight. He was unmarried.

Kalpana Chawla, 41, an aerospace engineer and commercial pilot, was on her second shuttle flight. Born in India, she studied in the America and specialised in the air flows encountered around aircraft.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Feb 2, 2003
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