Undated-AP -- Overseeing a space mission was a dream come true for "Columbia" commander Rick Husband.
The 45-year-old former Navy test pilot was on his second shuttle mission. Husband said recently that he'd been dreaming of going into space since he was a child.
He died in space today, along with his crew, when the Columbia disintegrated 16 minutes from landing.
In Houston, where he lived with his wife and two children, he sang in the choir at Grace Community Church. A sobbing neighbor says, "He was very dedicated to God and helping other people."
Just four days ago, Husband took a moment of silence aboard the Columbia to remember the crews of Apollo One and Challenger -- who gave their lives "for all mankind." He said their dedication to the exploration of space still inspires people around the world.