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Next space shuttle crew participates

Updated: February 2, 2004, 4:05 AM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- The NFL honored the seven astronauts who died a year ago Sunday when the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas.

The on-field homage before the Super Bowl, punctuated by the rock band Aerosmith and crooner Josh Groban, included the seven members of the next planned mission. Some relatives of the Columbia crew attended the game, but stayed out of the spotlight.

Eileen Collins, who will command Atlantis on the next shuttle mission as early as September, said ...

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