Multi-Religious Memorial Services for Columbia Crew

February 3, 2003

Source: Sun and Weekly Hearld

On February 3, 2003 the Sun and Weekly Hearld reported that "across Florida and around the world, people of many faiths offered prayers Sunday for the victims of a space tragedy that transcends doctrines... It would be hard to assemble a more diverse group: five men, two women; five white, one black, one East Indian; five U.S.-born, one Israeli and one a native of India... They also represented several of the world's great religions. Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut, was a Jew. Kalpana Chawla, a U.S. citizen born in India, was a Hindu. Laurel Clark was a Unitarian. Michael Anderson attended a Jesuit school and college; other Christian denominations were also represented on the crew."