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David M. Brown
NASA Astronaut
Nationality American
Born (1956-04-16)April 16, 1956
Arlington County, Virginia
Died February 1, 2003(2003-02-01) (aged 46)
Airspace over Texas
Previous occupation Test pilot
Rank Captain, USN
Time in space 15d 22h 20m
Selection NASA Astronaut Group 16 (1996)
Missions STS-107
Mission insignia STS-107 Flight Insignia.svg
Awards Congressional 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) 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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