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DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR MEETS SPACE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA ASTRONAUTS' REMAINS AT DOVER AFB



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

Glenn Mahone/Bob Jacobs
Headquarters, Washington                       Feb. 5, 2003
(Phone: 202/358-1600)
 
Kyle Herring
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)
 
436th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Dover Air Force Base, Del.
(Phone: 302/677-3372/3375/3693)
 
RELEASE: 03-053
 
DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR MEETS SPACE SHUTTLE 
COLUMBIA ASTRONAUTS' REMAINS AT DOVER AFB
 
    Today, Deputy NASA Administrator Frederick Gregory will 
render honors to the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia at 
Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. The remains of the 
orbiter's seven astronauts are scheduled to arrive in flag-
draped caskets at Dover about 2 p.m. EST on board a C-141 
Starlifter.
 
The seven astronauts - Commander Rick Husband (Colonel, 
USAF), Pilot Willie McCool (Commander, USN) and Mission 
Specialists Michael Anderson (Lieutenant Colonel, USAF), 
David Brown (Captain, USN), Kalpana Chawla and Laurel Clark 
(Commander, USN), and Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon (Colonel, 
Israel Force) - died Saturday when the Space Shuttle Columbia 
broke up over the southern United States.
 
The Charles C. Carson Center for Mortuary Affairs at the base 
will prepare the remains for return to the families. Ramon's 
remains will be flown to his home in Israel for burial. Final 
funeral arrangements for the crew are still to be announced.
 
Video and still images of the private Honor Guard reception 
will be included in a NASA Television video feed later today 
and available on the agency's Internet site at www.nasa.gov.
 

 
 
 

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