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William C. McCool

American - ( NASA)

Lost In Flight

Date of Birth: Sept. 23, 1961
Date of Death: Feb. 1, 2003


William Cameron "Willie" McCool was an American naval officer and aviator, test pilot, aeronautical engineer, and NASA astronaut, who was the pilot of Space Shuttle Columbia mission STS-107. He and the rest of the crew of STS-107 were killed when Columbia disintegrated during re-entry into the atmosphere. He was the youngest male member of the crew. McCool was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

Space Shuttle Columbia / OV-102 | STS-107

United Space Alliance | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Jan. 16, 2003, 3:39 p.m.
Status: Failure
Mission: Human Exploration

STS-107 was the 113th flight of the Space Shuttle program, and the disastrous final flight of Space Shuttle Columbia. The mission launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on January 16, 2003, and during its 15 days, 22 hours, 20 minutes, 32 seconds in orbit conducted a multitude of international scientific experiments.

Low Earth Orbit
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Administrator: Bill Nelson

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA have many launch facilities but most are inactive. The most commonly used pad will be LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


Long March 6
Success
1 day, 16 hours ago
Shiyan 16 A/B & Shiyan 17
Launch Complex 16 - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

3 Chinese classified satellites


Long March 2D
Success
2 days, 2 hours ago
Yaogan 36
Launch Complex 3 ( LC-3 ) ( LA-1 ) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

3 Chinese military reconnaissance satellites.


Falcon 9
Success
3 days, 16 hours ago
Starlink Group 4-35
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

A batch of 52 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Kuaizhou
Success
3 days, 17 hours ago
Shiyan 14 & Shiyan 15
Unknown Pad - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

2 Chinese classified satellites.


Delta IV Heavy
Success
3 days, 17 hours ago
NROL-91
Space Launch Complex 6 - Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

Classified payload for the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).