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William C. McCool
William McCool in August 2001
NASA Astronaut
Other names William Cameron McCool
Nationality American
Born (1961-09-23)September 23, 1961
San Diego, California, U.S.
Died February 1, 2003(2003-02-01) (aged 41)
Over Texas, U.S.
Previous occupation Naval aviator, test pilot
Rank US Navy O5 infobox.svg Commander, USN
Time in space 15d 22h 20m
Selection 1996 NASA Group 16
Missions STS-107
Mission insignia STS-107 Flight Insignia.svg
Awards Congressional Space Medal of Honor

William Cameron "Willie" McCool (September 23, 1961 – February 1, 2003) (Cmdr, USN) was an American naval officer and aviator, test pilot, aeronautical engineer, and NASA astronaut.

He was the pilot of Space Shuttle Columbia mission STS-107. He and the rest of the crew of STS-107 were killed when Columbia disintegrated during re-entry into the atmosphere. He was the youngest male member of the crew. McCool was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.


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