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NASA to pay tribute to the crew of the Challenger on the 30th anniversary of ill-fated launch

Challenger space crew/
picture courtesy of NASA

Challenger space crew/ picture courtesy of NASA

WASHINGTON D.C. (January 27, 2016)– NASA will pay  tribute to the crews of Apollo 1 and from the space shuttles of Challenger and Columbia, as well as other NASA colleagues, during the agency’s Day of Remembrance, Thursday, January 28th.  That is also the 30th anniversary of the Challenger accident. NASA’s Day of Remembrance will also honor members of the NASA family who lost their lives while furthering the cause of exploration and discovery.

Challenger explosion / picture courtesy of NASA

Challenger explosion / picture courtesy of NASA

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Deputy Administrator Dava Newman, and other agency senior officials will hold an observance and wreath-laying at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.  Following the wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington, various NASA centers will hold remembrance events Thursday for employees and the families of those lost in service to America’s space program.

At 10 a.m., NASA Television will provide live coverage of a wreath-laying ceremony at the Space Mirror Memorial located at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. The observance is hosted by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, which is a private, not-for-profit organization. It built and maintains the Space Mirror Memorial, which was dedicated in 1991 to honor all astronauts who lost their lives on missions or during training. It has been designated a National Memorial by Congress.

The agency also is paying tribute to its fallen astronauts with special online content available beginning Wednesday, January 27th at:  http://www.nasa.gov/dor


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