14 years ago today

Today was the first day that I felt that I am truly living in space. I have become a man who lives and works in space. -Ilan Ramon

14 years ago today- the skies were clear and blue over Texas, and Mission Control was excitedly awaiting for the return of their recent shuttle, Columbia. Columbia- the 113th flight of the Shuttle program, gathering experiments to further our knowledge of zero gravity and dusty plasmas and biology mechanics in space, never made it home. 

I would like to take this opportunity to commemorate the anniversary of the Columbia disaster. Let us remember the men and women of this crew and the amazing experiments they performed within their 15 day flight time. 

Commander Husband- among several decorations, he was awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor and had 3,800 hours of flight time on over 40 different types of aircraft.

Pilot McCool- He had 2,800 hours of flight time and would play "Imagine" by John Lennon during the mission. He was also the youngest crew member.

Mission Specialist Brown- first spaceflight and was an expert on g-force effects on the human body.

Mission Specialist Chawla- first Indian-origin woman in space

Mission Specialist Anderson- was also mission specialist onboard STS-89 Endeavour

Mission Specialist Clark- of the 80 some experiments performed, she conducted the biological-types studies as she is a medical doctor and a U.S. Navy Captain.

Mission Specialist Ramon- first Israeli astronaut for NASA. 37 pages of his diary in space onboard the Columbia survived. 

Thank you, crew of Columbia, for your experimental sciences and knowledge for future astronauts. 

Crew of the STS 107-Columbia.

Crew of the STS 107-Columbia.

Caitlin Ahrens