January 30th, 2013 by Marcia Dunn in Astronomy & Space / Space Exploration
This Dec. 2012 photo provided by Jonathan Clark shows Dr. Jonathan Clark, husband of Columbia astronaut Laurel Clark, stands with his son, Iain Clark, 18, in Arizona. Clark's wife and six other astronauts, Commander Rick Husband, co-pilot William McCool, Kalpana Chawla, Michael Anderson, Dr. David Brown and Israeli Ilan Ramon, were killed in the final minutes of their 16-day scientific research mission aboard the space shuttle Columbia on Feb. 1, 2003. Iain is set to graduate this spring from a boarding school in Arizona; he wants to study marine biology at a university in Florida.(AP Photo/Jonathan Clark)
NASA lost the space shuttle Columbia 10 years ago Friday and 12 children lost a parent.
A decade later, the youngest is now 15 and the oldest is 32. The oldest son of Columbia's pilot is now a Marine captain with three young children of his own. The commander's daughter is a seminary student. The young boy who lost his astronaut mother now likes scuba diving and parachuting, just like mom.
NASA will remember Columbia's seven astronauts at a public memorial service at Florida's Kennedy Space Center on Friday morning. The shuttle was headed home from a 16-day science mission when it broke apart over Texas on Feb. 1, 2003, because of damage to its left wing.
Flights resumed two years later and the shuttles were retired in 2011.
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