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Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

President Signs Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial Act into Law
The Columbia Orbiter Memorial Act, born in the legislation introduced in
March in the Senate by Ted Stevens 
(R-Alaska), and in the House of Representatives by C.W. Bill Young
(R-Fla.), was signed into law by the President last Wednesday. 

NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe said, "The actions by the Congress and
the President to honor the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia is
heartfelt by the entire NASA family and by the entire country. A
national memorial in the Nation's capital will serve as a reminder about
what the crew of Columbia stood for, bravery, honor, and the quest for 
knowledge. I feel it will help inspire future explorers and help keep
the spirit of exploration alive in America. We at NASA are grateful for
the support from Senator Stevens and Congressman Young for the timely
and thoughtful legislation and their caring approach to commemorate the
Columbia crew." 

STS-107 Information 
STS-107 Crew Memorial 
See the STS-107 Investigation Reference for documents and other
materials relating to the accident.
Bush signed the "Emergency Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act,
2003" into law on April 16, 2003. The "Columbia Orbiter Memorial Act" is
contained in what is now Public Law Number 108-11. 

The memorial will be placed in the Arlington National Cemetery near the
memorial to the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger.

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