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In Memory

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All Americans today are thinking ... of the families of these men and women who have been given this sudden shock and grief. You're not alone. Our entire nation grieves with you. And those you loved will always have the respect and gratitude of this country.

-- President George W. Bush, Feb. 1, 2003

"They dedicated their lives to pushing scientific challenges for all of us here on Earth. They dedicated themselves to that objective and did it with a happy heart, willingly and with great enthusiasm ...

"We trust the prayers of the Nation will be with them and with their families. A more courageous group of people you could not have hoped to know -- an extraordinary group of astronauts who gave their lives -- and the families of these crewmembers."

-- NASA Administrator
Sean O'Keefe, Feb. 1, 2003

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Columbia Families
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STS-107: Columbia and Crew

Condolence Book

STS-107 crew
The STS-107 crew, from left: Mission Specialist David Brown, Commander Rick Husband, Mission Specialists Laurel Clark, Kalpana Chawla and Michael Anderson, Pilot William McCool and Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon.

Read letters and statements from the families.

Read the Condolence Book.

While returning from orbit on Feb. 1, 2003, Space Shuttle Columbia and all seven STS-107 crewmembers were lost over north central Texas. Columbia was returning from a 16-day scientific research mission.

In the days that followed, thousands of messages poured into NASA's Human Space Flight Web, and some of those have found their way to the Condolence Book. People all over the world expressed their sympathy and sent messages of hope to the families of the lost crew and to the members of the NASA Family.

To those of you who sent us a message, the NASA Family says "Thank you." We are profoundly grateful for your kind thoughts and encouragement. One wish most commonly expressed is that NASA should continue its mission, sending humans safely into space to explore and to share a bright hope for the future -- the hope that people of many nations can work together in peace to extend humanity's reach to the stars.

On Feb. 12, during a congressional hearing into the Columbia accident, NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe said, "We have an opportunity here and now to learn from this loss, and renew the boundless spirit of exploration present at NASA's beginning. We will do this by being accountable to the American people for our failings and, we hope, credible and compelling in pursuit of research, exploration and inspiration for future generations."

Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 04/25/2006
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