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William C. McCool

1961 - 2003

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William Cameron "Willie" McCool (September 23, 1961 – February 1, 2003) (Cmdr, USN) was an American naval officer and aviator, test pilot, aeronautical engineer, and NASA astronaut, who was the pilot of Space Shuttle Columbia mission STS-107. He and the rest of the crew of STS-107 were killed when Columbia disintegrated during reentry into the atmosphere. He was the crew's youngest male member. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William C. McCool has received more than 584,683 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). William C. McCool is the 203rd most popular astronaut (up from 210th in 2019), the 8,107th most popular biography from United States (down from 8,038th in 2019) and the 81st most popular American Astronaut.

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Among astronauts, William C. McCool ranks 203 out of 524Before him are Mary L. Cleave, Chris Hadfield, Oleg Atkov, Taylor Wang, Pedro Duque, and Yelena Kondakova. After him are Millie Hughes-Fulford, Hans Schlegel, Marsha Ivins, Daniel Brandenstein, James C. Adamson, and Franco Malerba.

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Among people born in 1961, William C. McCool ranks 302Before him are Wally Pfister, Dan Marino, Karin Enke, Jesper Olsen, Noriyuki Abe, and Aldo Costa. After him are Frank Bruno, Jon Ola Sand, Vik Muniz, Richard Garriott, Kim Deal, and Rebecca Solnit. Among people deceased in 2003, William C. McCool ranks 253Before him are Joseph Saidu Momoh, Jim Siedow, Mike Larrabee, Sven Fahlman, Emil Pažický, and Felix Kaspar. After him are Warren Zevon, Armand Borel, Conrad Hall, Jonathan Brandis, Daijiro Kato, and Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, William C. McCool ranks 8,107 out of 18,182Before him are John Buscema (1927), Jeff Hardy (1977), Wyomia Tyus (1945), Regina Hall (1970), Michael Shermer (1954), and Jaime Pressly (1977). After him are Tom DeLonge (1975), Daryl Stuermer (1952), Bruce M. Metzger (1914), Ruth Barcan Marcus (1921), George Ariyoshi (1926), and Michael Badalucco (1954).

Among ASTRONAUTS In United States

Among astronauts born in United States, William C. McCool ranks 81Before him are Joseph P. Kerwin (1932), Michael J. Adams (1930), John E. Blaha (1942), Gerald Carr (1932), Robert A. Parker (1936), and Mary L. Cleave (1947). After him are Millie Hughes-Fulford (1945), Marsha Ivins (1951), Daniel Brandenstein (1943), James C. Adamson (1946), Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper (1963), and Jerry L. Ross (1948).