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Robert Pearlman

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posted 10-28-2014 02:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex release
The Astronauts Memorial Foundation Hosts 50th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony of NASA Astronaut Theodore Freeman

The Astronauts Memorial Foundation will pay tribute to the life of NASA astronaut Theodore Freeman, who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the nation and the space program on Oct. 31, 1964.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Freeman's accident, which was recognized as the first fatality among the American astronaut corps. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests are welcome to attend the ceremony.

Hosted by Thad Altman, Astronauts Memorial Foundation president, speakers include:

  • Faith Johnson, daughter of Astronaut Freeman
  • Kelvin Manning, NASA Associate Director
  • Jon McBride, Former NASA Astronaut (Captain, USN, Ret.) and Past AMF Chairman
Notable guests include:
  • Mara Oatman, granddaughter of Astronaut Freeman
  • Col. Shawn Fairhurst; Vice Commander of Patrick Air Force Base
The ceremony will be held at 9:55 a.m. EDT on Friday (Oct. 31) at the The Space Mirror Memorial.

The Astronauts Memorial Foundation honors and memorializes those astronauts who have sacrificed their lives for the nation and the space program by sponsoring the national Space Mirror Memorial, and by implementing innovative educational technology programs.


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posted 10-28-2014 04:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have stood on the exact spot where his T-38 met terra firma. Does anyone know if a marker was ever placed there? Only people stationed at Ellington knew where it was when I went looking for it, but that was quite a while ago...


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posted 10-28-2014 06:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Totally amazing to realise that this happened 50 years ago. I remember reading the terrible news at the time in Australian newspapers and was quite devastated. I'd only recently received a lovely handwritten letter from Ted, and I have always respected his memory.

With the kind assistance of his family and friends I did write a chapter on Ted's life in "Fallen Astronauts," and for the forthcoming revised version in the Outward Odyssey series I have inserted a lot of fresh information and reflections derived from a number of people who knew Ted well. I was pleased to be able to expand on Ted's story for this new edition, as he deserved a long and productive career as a NASA astronaut instead of being prematurely snatched from us as the result of a simple accident.

Vale, Ted Freeman. I certainly will never forget you.

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