NASA News: NASA Pays Tribute to Fallen Heroes

WASHINGTON (STL.News) NASA will honor members of the NASA family who lost their lives while furthering the cause of exploration and discovery, including the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, during the agency’s annual Day of Remembrance Thursday, Feb. 7.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, and other agency senior officials, will lead an observance at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia starting at 1 p.m. EST.  A wreath-laying ceremony will be held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, followed by observances for the Apollo 1, Challenger and Columbia crews.

Media interested in attending the remembrance event must contact Arlington National Cemetery Public Affairs at 703-614-0024 no later than Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Various NASA centers also will hold observances on and leading up to the Day of Remembrance for the public, employees and the families of those lost in service to America’s space program.

Kennedy Space Center, Florida

The Astronauts Memorial Foundation and Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will host Day of Remembrance observance activities, including a wreath-laying ceremony at the Space Mirror Memorial.  Thad Altman, president and chief executive officer of the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, and Robert Cabana, Kennedy center director, will speak at the ceremony.