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A traditional crew photograph taken in October 2001. Seated in front are astronauts Rick D. Husband (left), mission commander; Kalpana Chawla, mission specialist; and William C. McCool, pilot. Standing are (from the left) astronauts David M. Brown, Laurel B. Clark, and Michael P. Anderson, all mission specialists; and Ilan Ramon, payload specialist representing the Israeli Space Agency. All of these astronauts were lost in the Columbia tradegy.
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Space Shuttle Columbia and Her Crew -- An Update
News story originally written on February 4, 2003

Only two days after the tragic loss of the Columbia shuttle and its crew, a NASA-led investigation is in full force. Many civilians want to know if they can help at all. Here's how!

If you have any photos or videos of the incoming Columbia space shuttle, please upload them here. If you see debris from the accident, contact NASA immediately at Johnson Space Center Emergency Operations Center, (281) 483-3388. Do NOT handle the debris as it might be covered with toxic materials!

Mourn with those who mourn. There will be a memorial service for the lost astronauts February 6 at 10a.m., EST, at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. The service can be viewed on NASA TV or on the internet.

Finally, help the children of the astronauts who died by contributing to the Space Shuttle Children's Trust Fund that was established with the support of NASA to provide for the health and education of the children of the Columbia astronauts.

Last modified November 10, 2003 by Jennifer Bergman.

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