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News Archive / Tagged: STS-107

  • NASA’s annual ‘Day of Remembrance’ postponed

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 24th, 2019

    Because of the ongoing partial U.S. government shutdown, NASA's annual Day of Remembrance has been delayed, according to Administrator Jim Bridenstine.

  • NASA honors those lost during 2018 Day of Remembrance ceremony

    Sean CostelloJanuary 25th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Once a year, generally on the last Thursday of January, the Astronauts Memorial Foundation welcomes the public to join assembled astronauts, family members and space program workers to remember the U.S. astronauts who lost their lives while serving on active duty. On Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 those lost were remembered and their sacrifice honored.

  • Review: Bringing Columbia Home

    Jason RhianNovember 26th, 2017

    It was one of NASA’s most tragic moments and Bringing Columbia Home, a new book drafted by noted author Jonathan Ward and the agency’s last Space Shuttle Launch Director, Michael Leinbach provide a review of STS-107, Shuttle Columbia’s final flight. An interview with the authors reminds us of just what was lost – and why it is important to remember the accident which placed NASA on the trajectory the agency is currently on.

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: The legacy of STS-107

    Lloyd CampbellFebruary 1st, 2017

    On Jan. 16, 2003, when the Space Shuttle Columbia (flight STS-107) lifted off from Launch Complex 39A, her crew was finally embarking on the mission they had waited five years to launch.

  • NASA remembers three space tragedies

    Collin SkocikJanuary 26th, 2017

    Today, Jan. 26, 2017, NASA held its annual Day of Remembrance to honor astronauts lost on three missions, as well as other agency members who lost their lives for space exploration.

  • The man behind the name: S.S. Rick Husband

    Jason RhianMarch 11th, 2016

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — When former NASA astronaut Dan Tani announced on March 8 that the OA-6 Enhanced Cygnus spacecraft would be named the S.S. Rick Husband, in honor of Rick Husband, the commander of the ill-fated final flight of Space Shuttle Columbia, STS-107, many of those present smiled and nodded their heads in approval.

  • Space Coast community reflects on fallen astronauts

    Sean CostelloJanuary 30th, 2016

    For the third time this week, residents and visitors to Florida’s Brevard County gathered to pay their respects to the fallen heroes of the U.S. Space Program, astronauts who lost their lives while performing mission-related duties. Beginning with a chorus from the children of the Sculptor Charter School Choir, the service got underway with about 100 residents, visitors, and dignitaries present.

  • On 30th anniversary of Challenger disaster, crews ‘Forever Remembered’

    Jason RhianJanuary 13th, 2016

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — One could almost walk past it, after all, the "Forever Remembered" memorial is located on the side of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex's $100 million Atlantis exhibit. However, as the date of the 30th anniversary of the loss of the crew of Space Shuttle Challenger's final mission, STS-51L approaches, it is undoubtedly one of the most important elements of the expansive facility.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: The Return

    Jason RhianJuly 27th, 2015

    It was a turning point in NASA's history. After the dark days following the loss of Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-107), the world saw the space agency take its first steps toward returning to the business of human space flight. The STS-114 mission would go down as one of the more dramatic flights in shuttle history.

  • ‘Forever Remembered’ Memorial opens at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

    Jason RhianJune 27th, 2015

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — They were two of the most traumatic experiences of a program that lasted 30 years. The names Challenger and Columbia will forever be tied to the 14 astronauts who lost their lives on STS-51L and STS-107 – and they will also be forever memorialized by a new exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center […]

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: Hail Columbia – Personal reflections on the loss of STS-107

    Jason RhianJanuary 18th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — From time-to-time I am asked why I left a good-paying (if not safe) job and entered college at the ripe old age of 30 – and in so doing embarked on a path toward a very uncertain future. The simple answer is because of Columbia, STS-107. Space has always inspired me, however, as […]

  • On NASA’s Day of Remembrance, Florida’s skies weep

    Mike HowardJanuary 31st, 2014

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — Although the general public might not be aware of it, all of NASA’s three crewed tragedies took place within seven days of one another. On Jan. 27, 1967 the crew of Apollo 1 lost their lives in a fire on the pad, on Jan. 28, 1986, space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds […]

  • Opinion: Dream Chaser malfunction reveals failings of NewSpace supporters, New Media

    Jason RhianNovember 3rd, 2013

    Last week on Saturday, October 26,  the Engineering Test Article (ETA) of Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser spacecraft conducted its first free flight test. Most of the mission was a complete success. However, the final leg of the mission encountered problems, and in so doing openly displayed how the company, its supporters and NASA handled […]