Born on March 10, 1961 in Iowa, but considered Racine, Wisconsin to be her hometown. Laura Blair Salton Clark received a bachelor of science degree in zoology and a doctorate in medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Clark and her husband, Jonathan have one child, Iain.
Dr. Clark was a commander (captain-select) in the U.S. Navy and a naval flight surgeon. She is the recipient of three Navy Commendation Medals, the National Defense Medal and the Overseas Service Ribbon.
Her military qualifications included Radiation Health Officer, Undersea Medical Officer, Diving Medial Officer, Submarine Medical Officer and Naval Flight Surgeon.
Dr. Clark was a mission specialist on Columbia STS-107. This was her first spaceflight. The mission ended abruptly when space shuttle Columbia and its crew perished during entry, 16 minutes before its scheduled landing.
Laura Blair Salton Clark made the ultimate sacrifice and lost her life in service to the national and the space program on February 1, 2003 at 41 years of age.