Four of my cats are named after astronauts.
Challenger: Ellison, (Ellison S. Onizuka) and Judd, (Judith Resnick, I thought this cat was a female. It was on the fifth trip back to the vet that the vet tech asked the vet to check to see if he/she had the proper equipment and he did. Opps, however he does challenge my alpha female for position.)
Columbia: Andy, (Michael Anderson) & Ilan, (Ilan Ramon). Ilan is my FIV positive stray that I took in. He had disappeared for about two months after I took him down and got him fixed. I was certain that the coyotes had gotten him. Three days after the Columbia went down he showed back up again. I couldn't believe it. This cat is so intelligent and intuitive it is eerie. And he is doing fine, no symptoms.
I would have gone on either flight, even knowing the results. It is interesting about both shuttles. I don't know if it means anything? Both were five men and two women, both included an African American and a Jew, (just noting these as they continuing first achievements, and both had a passenger.