113th Shuttle flight and 28th flight of Columbia

1st US manned space mission to be lost during re-entry, 4th-

longest flight in Shuttle history, 1st flight of Spacehab on board

Columbia and 1st Israeli astronaut to fly into space

16 January 2003 at 3:39:00 pm GMT from Pad 39A at Kennedy

Space Center in Florida

Spacehab Research Double Module (RDM), Fast Reaction Experiments Enabling Science, Technology, Applications and Research (FREESTAR) and Extended Duration Orbiter (EDO) pallet 280 km 39 degrees

Scheduled to land at 2:16 pm on 1 February 2003 on Runway 33 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Columbia disintegrated during re-entry at approximately 2:00 pm, while flying 61 km over north-central Texas Distance Approximately 10,700,000 km

Orbits 255

Duration 15 days, 22 hours, 20 minutes and 22 seconds (to loss of tracking)

Crew Col Rick Douglas Husband, 45, US Air Force, commander (Red


Cdr William Cameron McCool, 41, US Navy, pilot (Blue Team) Capt Dr David McDowell Brown, 46, US Navy, mission specialist 1 (Blue Team)

Dr Kalpana Chawla, 41, mission specialist 2 (Red Team) Lt-Col Michael Phillip Anderson, 43, US Air Force, mission specialist 3 (Blue Team)

Capt Dr Laurel Blair Clark, 41, US Navy, mission specialist 4 (Red Team)

Col Ilan Ramon, 48, Israeli Air Force, payload specialist 1 (Red Team)

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