Kalpana Chawla

columbia breaks up

The Columbia, NASA's oldest shuttle broke up during the landing phase. The astronauts on board the shuttle were:
Rick D. Husband, William C. McCool, Michael P. Anderson, David M. Brown, Kalpana Chawla, Laurel Blair Salton Clark, Ilan Ramon.

Ilan, an elite combat pilot was the first Israeli in space. My condolences to the the friends and families of the astronauts, and to the people in the US, Israel, and India. More information at