Two Lubbockites are orbiting the Earth right now after a successful liftoff Thursday morning. At the command of space shuttle Columbia are two men with Lubbock ties, Col. Rick Husband and Astronaut William McCool.
Husband graduated from Tech in 1980 and is commander of the shuttle, while McCool is a Coronado graduate and the pilot. Along for the ride is Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli to fly in space. Their mission is for scientific study, including detailed measurements of dust particles in the atmosphere.
Find out more about the shuttle astronauts with Lubbock connections by clicking on the astronauts name: