Reminders of Columbia’s dead are everywhere — including up in the sky.
Everything from asteroids, lunar craters and Martian hills, to schools, parks, streets and even an airport (Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport) bear the Columbia astronauts’ names. Two years ago, a museum opened in Hemphill, Texas, where much of the Columbia wreckage rained down, dedicated to ‘‘remembering Columbia.’’
About 84,000 pounds of that wreckage — representing 40 percent of NASA’s oldest space shuttle — are stored at Kennedy and loaned for engineering research.
The tragedy has made Clark and his son more spiritual.
‘‘He’s a really good kid and I wonder — you always wonder — would he have been this way if he hadn’t lost somebody so dear in his life.
‘‘Maybe this was Laurel’s gift to him.’’
AP writer Aron Heller in Jerusalem contributed to this report.