Cheney astronaut on Space Shuttle Columbia honored by local students

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by DANIELLE GRANT & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 31, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 1 at 7:40 AM

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. -- Ten years after the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, local elementary students honored the memory of a Cheney astronaut.

The explosion killed all seven crew members on board, including Lt. Col. Michael Anderson. Anderson spent his high school years in Cheney. He then joined the Air Force and became an astronaut with NASA.

Students at Michael Anderson Elementary School in Airway Heights paid tribute to him this week for his service. They spent Thursday learning about the man who their school is named after.

Anderson’s mother says even though he died a decade ago, it feels just like yesterday.

“Thinking about this time of the year isn’t easy, but when I see this it brings joy. I know he’d be pleased to know this was happening because of him,” Barbara Anderson said.

Students decorated the walls with artwork to honor the fallen astronaut.

NASA plans to honor the lives of everyone on board Space Shuttle Columbia in a ceremony Friday morning.

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