|Space Shuttle Columbia and Her Crew
|Pilot: William C.
McCool, 41, a commander in the U.S. Navy, was a former
test pilot. He served as pilot for STS-107. He received
a bachelor of science in applied science from the U.S.
Naval Academy in 1983, a master of science in computer
science from the University of Maryland in 1985, and a
master of science in aeronautical engineering from the
U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in 1992. McCool, as a
member of the Blue Team, worked with the following
experiments: European Space Agency (ESA) Advanced
Respiratory Monitoring System (ARMS); ESA Biopack (eight
experiments); Mediterranean Israeli Dust Experiment
(MEIDEX); and the Physiology and Biochemistry Team
(PhAB4) suite of experiments, which included Calcium
Kinetics, Latent Virus Shedding, Protein Turnover and
Renal Stone Risk. He was also responsible for
maneuvering Columbia as part of several experiments
mounted in the shuttle's payload bay.
NASA in April 1996, McCool was making his first