NASA is paying tribute to the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, as well as other NASA colleagues, during the agency’s annual Day of Remembrance Wednesday, Jan. 28.

NASA’s Day of Remembrance honors members of the NASA family who lost their lives while furthering the cause of exploration and discovery. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and other agency senior officials held an observance and wreath-laying at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Following the wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington, various NASA centers held remembrance events for their employees. Kennedy Space Center in Florida held a brief ceremony, led by center deputy director Janet Petro, at 10:30 a.m. at the Space Mirror Memorial, located on the grounds of the visitors complex. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, will hold a candle lighting ceremony led by center director Patrick Scheuermann and astronaut Robert “Hoot” Gibson at 9 a.m. CST Thursday, Jan. 29.

Statement by the President on NASA Day of Remembrance

Space exploration is one of the most difficult endeavors we undertake, and from Apollo 1 to Challenger to Columbia, brave Americans have made the ultimate sacrifice in our quest to push new boundaries, and explore new frontiers. On this annual Day of Remembrance, the American people pause to honor the men and women of NASA who gave their lives in service to their country and the world.

Yet, despite the dangers, we continue to reach for the stars, study the wonders of the universe, and learn more about the planet we call home. As a country, we support the innovators hard at work on the next generation of cutting-edge research and innovation. We seek to inspire the young people pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. From new partnerships with private industry to the development of groundbreaking inventions that Americans will take with them into the Solar System and eventually to Mars, we will continue our journey of discovery.

With every challenge overcome, with every mission safely accomplished, we honor those who gave their lives for the cause of exploration. We will continue to build on their discoveries and their technical achievements, and guided by their courage and determination, to lead the world in exploring the mysteries of space.

The agency also is paying tribute to its fallen astronauts with special online content available at:

Images of the Day of Remembrance commemoration at Arlington National Cemetery will posted online at:

Posted by: Soderman/SSERVI Staff
Source: NASA

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