Astronauts R. Husband and K. Chawla

Ten years ago: astro­nauts R. Hus­band & K. Chawla work­ing in space to make our lives bet­ter… #remem­ber­ing­co­lum­bia #sts107

— Anne Cabr­era (@composerAnne) Jan­u­ary 23, 2013

image of R. Husband & K. Chawla at work onboard the Space Shuttle Columbia.
R. Hus­band and K. Chawla at work onboard the Space Shut­tle Colum­bia.

Astronaut Laurel Clark on Middeck

Astro­naut Lau­rel Clark works for us on the mid­deck of space shut­tle Colum­bia 10 years ago.… #remem­ber­ing­co­lum­bia #sts107

— Anne Cabr­era (@composerAnne) Jan­u­ary 24, 2013

image of Astronaut Laurel Clark, STS-107 mission specialist
Astro­naut Lau­rel B. Clark, STS-107 mis­sion spe­cial­ist.

Days of Remembrance

The lat­ter part of Jan­u­ary and ear­ly Feb­ru­ary is potent: it is a time that we reflect upon and hon­or the fall­en crews of Apol­lo 1, Chal­lenger, and Colum­bia, and all those who have lost their lives in the cause of explo­ration. Dur­ing these days of remem­brance, I would like to encour­age us all to reflect upon our space heroes while lis­ten­ing to the music of “Colum­bia: We Dare to Dream.” Con­tin­ue read­ing “Days of Remem­brance”

Columbia CD Travels to the ISS!

Sur­prise, sur­prise! Thanks to NASA astro­naut Clay Ander­son, my Colum­bia CD appar­ent­ly took a lit­tle trip to the Inter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion, via the space shut­tle Dis­cov­ery mis­sion STS-131.

NASA astronaut Clayton Anderson aboard the ISS
NASA astro­naut Clay­ton Ander­son aboard the ISS with his float­ing copy of the “Colum­bia: We Dare to Dream” CD
Con­tin­ue read­ing “Colum­bia CD Trav­els to the ISS!”

preface from Columbia album

(this intro is from the lin­er-notes to my CD Colum­bia: We Dare to Dream)

I didn’t know them.  I didn’t know their names, or that they had been in space for six­teen days, or that they were called the “STS-107” crew, or even what “STS” meant.  But I was sit­ting next to my piano on the morn­ing of Feb­ru­ary 1st, 2003 when I heard the news… the awful news that the space shut­tle Colum­bia had just bro­ken apart upon reen­try, 200,000 feet high in the skies over Texas, and that the entire crew had undoubt­ed­ly per­ished.  Con­tin­ue read­ing “pref­ace from Colum­bia album”