|Volume: 01, Issue: 10||08/13/2003|
Asteroids Named in Tribute to the Columbia AstronautsThe 28th and final flight of Columbia (STS-107) was a 16-day mission dedicated to research in physical, life, and space sciences. The seven astronauts aboard Columbia worked 24 hours a day, in two alternating shifts, successfully conducting approximately 80 separate experiments. On February 1, 2003, the Columbia and its crew were lost over the southern United States during the spacecraft’s re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere. The following seven citations are dedicated to the final crew of the space shuttle Columbia.
(51823) Rickhusband = 2001 OY28
(51824) Mikeanderson = 2001 OE30
(51825) Davidbrown = 2001 OQ33
(51826) Kalpanachawla = 2001 OB34
(51827) Laurelclark = 2001 OH38
(51828) Ilanramon = 2001 OU39Discovered 2001 July 20 at Palomar by the JPL Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking Program. Ilan Ramon (1954-2003), an Israeli citizen, was a payload specialist on the space shuttle Columbia (STS-107).
(51829) Williemccool = 2001 OD41
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