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  • A Remembrance of the Heroes of the Space Shuttle ``Columbia—Sts’’ 109

    by Representative Pete Olson

    Posted on 2013-02-04

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    OLSON asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. OLSON. Mr. Speaker, on April 12, 1981, the space shuttle Columbia blasted off into space to launch America's space shuttle program. She would complete 28 missions, with over 300 days in space. As every American knows, we lost Columbia as she came home on February 1, 2003. We all mourn the seven brave astronauts who lost their lives that day. We'll never forget Commander Rick Husband, Pilot Willie McCool, and the five mission specialists: Michael Anderson, David Brown, Kalpana Chawla, Ilan Ramon from Israel, and Laurel Clark.

    As a Member of Congress who grew up with astronauts, I have been blessed to meet some of the families of Columbia's last crew. One of them said words I'll never forget: In their final moments, Columbia and her crew came home to Texas.

    May the Columbia crew rest in peace with our eternal thoughts and blessings.


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