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David McDowell Brown (1956 - 2003)

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Born in Arlington, Arlington, Virginia, USAmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
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[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Over Texas, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 9 Jan 2017 | Last significant change: 12 Feb 2018
07:39: Gilbert Allan Davis edited the Biography for David McDowell Brown. [Thank Gilbert Allan for this]
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Categories: Notables | United States Navy | NASA Astronauts | Space Shuttle Columbia Crew Members | Space Flight Disasters | NASA Space Flight Medal | Congressional Space Medal of Honor | NASA Distinguished Service Medal.

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Awards and Honors

Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Space Medal
of Honor


David McDowell Brown (April 16, 1956 – February 1, 2003) was a United States Navy captain and a NASA astronaut. He died on his first spaceflight, when the Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-107)[2] disintegrated during orbital reentry into the Earth's atmosphere.

Brown flew on Columbia STS-107 with Michael Anderson, Rick Husband, Kalpana Chawla, Laurel Clark, William McCool and Ilan Ramon



United States Astronaut. Born in Arlington, Virginia, he attended Eastern Virginia Medical School and joined the US Navy immediately after his internship in 1982. He served as director of medical services at Navy Branch Hospital in Adak, Alaska, became a naval aviator in Beeville, Texas in 1990 and was a US Navy Captain test pilot in 1995. In 1996, he was selected as a Mission Specialist in the NASA Space Shuttle program and was a Astronaut on the shuttle Columbia science and research mission flight on January 16, 2003. On February 1, 2003, NASA lost all contact with the shuttle Columbia just minutes before scheduled landing time. A short time later it was confirmed that the Columbia had exploded over eastern Texas and that there were no survivors.


  1. Congressional Space Medal of Honor Recipients
  2. STS-107

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