16: NASA launches space
shuttle Columbia on the STS-107
mission. On this flight as the crew are astronauts Michael P.
David M. Brown, Kalpana Chawla, Laurel B. Clark, Rick D. Husband,
McCool and Ilan Ramon.
January 22: NASA makes contact with the distant
probe Pioneer 10
for the last time. This space probe is one of the most distant man made
to ever leave the Earth.
January 24: The Department of Homeland Security
begins operation in the United States.
January 26: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeat the
in Super Bowl XXXVII.
February 1: Space
shuttle Columbia disintegrates over Texas during re-entry. All
astronauts on board the spacecraft are killed. The cause of the
was later isolated to a failure of the thermal protection system on the
wing of the vehicle. My family and I watched this tragedy from
lawn of our home. To read my personal account and to view the
I captured, please follow the STS-107
March 1: Pakistani
capture Kahlid Sheik Mohammed in Karachi. Mohammed is the
mastermind of the September 11 attacks on the United States.
March 20: After repeated violations of United
Iraq, the United States and other coalition nations begin military
April 9: The Ba'ath regime led by Saddam Hussein is
deposed from power
May 24: Mary and I attend the Sims & Hankow
sponsored UACC Autograph Show in Washtington, DC. For an account
of that show and our experience in Washington, DC follow the UACC Show link.
May 25: Mary and I pay our respects at
Arlington National Cemetary. For an account of that, follow
the Arlington link.
May 25: Gil de Farren wins
May 31: An Air France Concorde takes its final
June 9: Warner Home Video hosts a 20th
annivesary gala premier of the movie "The Right Stuff" at the Egyptian
Theater in Hollowood, California. Mary and I attended the gala as
the guests of Astronaut Gordon Cooper. For my account of that
gala floow the Right Stuff
The gala banquet
for the 2003 Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction is held at the Kennedy
Space Center. Mary, Lexie, and I attended that banquet as the
guests of Astronaut Scott Carpenter. For my account of our
experience follow the Induction
July 22: After receiving a tip, members of the
States Army 101st
Airborne along with Special Forces attack a compound in Iraq.
this assault are Saddam Hussien's sons Uday and Qusay.
July 30: The last old style Volkswagen Beetle rolls
line in Mexico.
August 27: The
planet Mars makes its closest approach to Earth in over 60,000 years.
September 21: The
NASA Jupiter orbiter Galileo comes to its demise after being commanded
to enter into Jupiter's atmosphere upon the completion of its mission.
October 15: China
becomes the third nation to launch a man into space. On Board the
Shenzhou-5 spacecraft is Chinese Taikonaut Yang Liwei.
24: My wife, my grandaughter,
and my brother have a private dinner with Jim and Marilyn Lovell at
Lovells of Lake Forest in Lake Forest, Illinois. For my account
of this dinner, follow the Lovells
November 17: Arnold
Schwarzenegger is inaugarated as Governor of California.
November 26: The
British Air supersonic passenger jet Concorde makes its last flight.
December 14: The
capture of deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is announced.
December 17: Ansari
X-Prize contestant Scaled Composites conducts its first successful
supersonic flight with SpaceShipOne piloted by Mike Melvill.