David M. Brown

David M. Brown

Status: Lost In Flight
4/16/1956 – 2/1/2003
Nationality: American
Type: Government
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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.

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