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Mountain peak named after Columbia Crew



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

>From the Houston Chronicle with previous permission granted
Peak to be named for Columbia crew
By PATTY REINERT
Copyright 2003 Houston Chronicle Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON -- A Colorado mountain peak will be named Columbia Point
today in honor of the seven astronauts who died when the space shuttle
Columbia broke up over Texas on Feb. 1. 
The peak on Kit Carson Mountain in the Sangre de Cristo Range near
Colorado Springs is close to the 14,081-foot Challenger Point, Interior
Department spokeswoman Joan Moody said Monday. That peak was named in
honor of the seven crew members who died in the Challenger space shuttle
explosion in 1986. 
Moody said Columbia Point also is roughly 14,000 feet. Interior
Secretary Gale Norton and NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe plan to
announce the peak's exact location this afternoon at an event in
Washington attended by Paul Brown, the father of Columbia astronaut
David Brown. 
NASA spokeswoman Melissa Motichek declined to comment on the mountain
peak's naming before today's ceremony. 
Closer to home, the Columbia astronauts -- Brown, Rick Husband, William
McCool, Michael Anderson, Kalpana Chawla, Laurel Clark and Ilan Ramon --
were honored at Johnson Space Center earlier this spring with the
planting of seven live oaks in a memorial grove.


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