Commander; Age: 45
A colonel in the U.S. Air Force, he was a test pilot and veteran of one space flight.
Received a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Texas Tech in 1980 and a master
of science in mechanical engineering from California State-Fresno in 1990. As commander, Husband's
responsibilities were the overall conduct of the mission. He maneuvered Columbia as part of several
experiments in the shuttle's payload bay that focused on the Earth and the Sun. He also worked
on various experiments. He was to land Columbia at the end of the mission. Selected by NASA
in December 1994, Husband served as the pilot of STS-96 in 1999 - a 10-day mission during which
the crew performed the first docking with the International Space Station. He has logged
more than 250 hours in space.
William C. "Willie"McCool
Pilot; Age; 41
A commander in the U.S. Navy and former test pilot, he received a bachelor of science
In applied science from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1983.a master of science in computer
science from the Universityof Maryland in 1985, and a master of science in aeronautical
engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in 1992. He was responsible for
maneuvering Columbia as part of several experiments mounted in the shuttle's payload
bay. Selected by NASA in April 1996, McCool made this Columbia mission his first
space flight. He had three sons.
Michael P. Anderson
Payload Commander; Age: 43
A lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force, he was a former instructor pilot and tactical
Officer. Anderson received a bachelor of science in physics/astronomy from University
of Washington in 1981 and a master of science in physics from Creighton in 1990.
Anderson flew an earlier mission in 1998 - the eighth Shuttle-Mir docking mission.
Anderson has logged more than 211 hours in space. The former test pilot was selected as
an astronaut in 1994 on his fourth try. He decided as a child that that he was going
to be an astronaut. "It's been pretty much a lifelong dream and just a thrill to be able
to get to actually live it out, " he said in an interview before Columbia's launch, his
second space flight.
David M, Brown
Mission Specialist 1; Age: 46
A captain in the U.S. Navy, naval aviator and flight surgeon. Brown received a
bachelor of science in biology from the College of William and Mary in 1978
and a doctorate in medicine from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 1982. He
joined the Navy after a medical internship, went on to fly the A-GE Intruder and
F-18. He became an astronaut in 1996. This was his first space flight.
Mission Specialist 2; Age: 41
She received a bachelor os science in aeronautical engineering from Punjab Engineering
College, India, in 1982, a master of science in aerospace engineering from the University
of Texas-Arlington in 1984, and a doctorate in aerospace engineering from the
University of Colorado-Boulder in 1988. Selected by NASA in December 1994, Chawla
was the prime robotic arm operator on a 1997 shuttle flight that focused a how
the weightless environment of space affects various physical processes. Chawla
has logged more than 376 hours in space.
Laurel Blair Clark
Mission Specialist 4; Age: 41
A commander in the U.S. Navy and a naval flight surgeon, received a bachelor of
science in zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983 and a
doctorate in medicine from the same school in 1987. Selected by NASA in April
1996, this was Clark's first space flight. Her home is in Racine, Wis., with her
Payload Specialist; Age: 48
A colonel and fighter pilot in the Israeli Air Force. Ramon was the prime crew-
member for the Mediterranean Israeli Dust Experiment, a multispectral camera that
measured small dust particles in the atmosphere over the Mediterranean and the
Saharan coast of the Atlantic. Ramon was selected as a payload specialist by the
Israeli Air Force in 1997 and approved by NASA in 1998. He reported for training
at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston in July 1998, with Columbia his
first space flight. His mother and grandmother survived Auschwitz death camp.
Father fought for Israel's statehood alongside grandfather. Ramon fought in Yom
Kippur War 1973 and Lebanon War 1982.