Rick D. Husband

Born July 12, 1957 in Amarillo, Texas.  Rick D. Husband received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Texas Tech University and a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from California State University, Fresno. Husband and his wife, Evelyn, have two children, Matthew and Laura.

Colonel Husband was a test pilot in the Air Force.  During his service he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Aerial Achievement Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

Husband flew on Discovery STS-96, which was a 10-day mission during which the crew performed the first docking with the International Space Station.

Colonel Husband was the commander on Columbia STS-107. The mission ended abruptly when space shuttle Columbia and its crew perished during entry, 16 minutes before its scheduled landing.

Rick D. Husband made the ultimate sacrifice and lost his life in service to the nation and the space program on February 1, 2003 at 45 years of age.