BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — University of Colorado-Boulder alumni Ellison Onizuka and Kalpana Chawla, who died in space shuttle accidents 17 years apart, were remembered at the Boulder campus on Saturday.
Following a memorial, there was a procession to the Space Shuttle Challenger and Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial in front of Fiske Planetarium.
Onizuka received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the aerospace engineering sciences department in 1969. He died when the Challenger exploded shortly after launch in 1986. In 2003, Chawla, who received her doctorate from CU-Boulder in aerospace engineering in 1988, was killed when Columbia was destroyed while re-entering Earth's atmosphere.