David M. Brown

David M. Brown

  • 4/16/1956 - 2/1/2003
  • American - Lost In Flight
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Wiki

David McDowell Brown was a United States Navy captain and a NASA astronaut. He died on his first spaceflight, when the Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-107) disintegrated during orbital reentry into the Earth's atmosphere. Brown became an astronaut in 1996, but had not served on a space mission prior to the Columbia disaster. Brown was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.