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Robert Pearlman
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NASA release
NASA Observes Day of Remembrance

NASA will pay will 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 will hold 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 will hold remembrance events for their employees. Kennedy Space Center in Florida will hold 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.

The agency also is paying tribute to its fallen astronauts with special online content.

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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex release
NASA Day of Remembrance

January 28, 10:30 am
Space Mirror Memorial

Guests are invited to a wreath-laying ceremony held by Kennedy Deputy Director Janet Petro at the Space Mirror Memorial. NASA Kennedy Space Center pays tribute to the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, as well as other NASA colleagues, during the agency’s Day of Remembrance taking place at the Space Mirror Memorial located in Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

The Space Mirror Memorial was built and is maintained by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, a private, not-for-profit organization. The mirror 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 wreath-laying ceremony is included with admission to the Visitor Complex.

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U.S. Space Walk of Fame release
Astronaut memorial service set for Jan. 31

Two astronauts, who each piloted space shuttle missions, will take part this month in a Titusville, Florida, memorial service for astronauts who lost their lives in space accidents.

The Astronaut Memorial Service will start at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at Astronaut Memorial Plaza in Sand Point Park. The annual ceremony is held to remember the astronauts lost in Apollo, Challenger and Columbia accidents.

Astronaut Jon McBride will be the event's master of ceremonies. McBride piloted space shuttle orbiter Challenge that launched Oct. 5, 1984, from Kennedy Space Center.

The keynote speaker will be Astronaut Mike McCulley, who piloted space shuttle orbiter Atlantis that launched Oct. 18, 1989, from Kennedy Space Center.

The event is organized by Titusville's Flag and Memorial Committee and the U.S. Space Walk of Fame Museum, which will host an open house after the service at its facility, 308 Pine St. in Downtown Titusville.

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Challenger Center release
Challenger Center Marks 29 Years Since Shuttle Tragedy

Crew's Legacy Lives On in Thriving STEM Education Organization

Challenger Center for Space Science Education (Challenger Center) and its network of 44 Centers around the globe will honor the crew of the Challenger Shuttle by observing the 29th anniversary of the accident on Wednesday, January 28. The nonprofit STEM education organization was formed in 1986 as a living tribute to the crew and works to strengthen students' interest and knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Challenger Center will accompany Challenger family members, June Scobee Rodgers and Dr. Chuck Resnik and his family, to NASA's Day of Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday. NASA's Day of Remembrance was created in the wake of the Columbia tragedy to honor those who gave their lives in the cause of exploration and discovery. The date commemorates the astronauts who died in the Columbia, Challenger and Apollo I accidents as well as the other NASA pilots and employees who lost their lives in the pursuit of exploration.

  • February 1, 2003 is the anniversary of the Columbia Accident, and the loss of the STS-107 crew; Rick Husband, Willy McCool, Mike Anderson, David Brown, Kalpana Chawla, Laurel Clark and Ilan Ramon.
  • January 28, 1986 is the anniversary of the Challenger Explosion and the loss of STS-51L astronauts; Dick Scobee, Mike Smith, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judy Resnik, Gregory Jervis and Christa McAuliffe.
  • January 27, 1967 is the anniversary of the Apollo 1 fire, which took the lives of Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee.
Challenger Learning Centers around the globe will recognize the anniversary through special events, programs, and discussions with their local students and communities.

"It is hard to believe that we lost our beloved Challenger crew 29 years ago. They had such grand plans to teach and inspire kids around the globe," said Dr. June Scobee Rodgers, founding chair, Challenger Center, and widow of Challenger commander Dick Scobee. "As family members, we knew that from that tragedy we had to create triumph, and continue the work of our loved ones. It is awe inspiring to watch Challenger Center continue to flourish and keep our loved one's legacies alive."

Nearly 30 years after the tragedy, Challenger Center continues to grow and be recognized for its successes. In 2014, Challenger Center opened its first newly designed Center since the organization's founding. Challenger Learning Center at the Scobee Education Center, San Antonio College is a state-of-the-art Center that has quickly become Challenger Center's flagship facility. Last year, the organization also opened a Center in Reno, Nevada, marking the first location in the state. Challenger Learning Centers in Schenectady, NY and Lockport, NY are scheduled to open later this year.

In addition to expanding its brick and mortar footprint, Challenger Center began work on a new project funded through a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The research and development grant will assist in the creation of a program that will deliver Challenger Center missions directly into the classroom, helping to reach students who do not have access to a Challenger Learning Center.

"Challenger Center is inspiring today's students to see their full potential and follow a path that leads to a career in the STEM industry, helping us build a stronger society," said Dr. Lance Bush, president and CEO, Challenger Center. "Never before has this mission been so critical. Just as the Challenger crew demonstrated a true commitment to being innovators in both their work and personal lives, we work to inspire that desire and passion for innovation in our Challenger Center students."

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The picture for January on my Moon Missions calendar has the picture of the "Fallen Astronauts" figure and the plate placed on the moon by Dave Scott on Apollo 15. Love that he did that...

And I will always remember the sacrifices these men and women made to further our exploration of space. And let's not forget Ted Freeman, Elliott See, Charlie Bassett, and Cliff Williams who died while training for their earlier missions.

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NASA release
Message from the Administrator

Today we remember and give thanks for the lives and contributions of those who gave all trying to push the boundaries of human achievement. On this solemn occasion, we pause in our normal routines and remember the STS-107 Columbia crew; the STS-51L Challenger crew; the Apollo 1 crew; Mike Adams, the first in-flight fatality of the space program as he piloted the X-15 No. 3 on a research flight; and those lost in test flights and aeronautics research throughout our history.

These men and women were our friends, family and colleagues. They still are. As we undertake a journey to Mars, they will be with us. They have our eternal respect, love and gratitude.

Today, their legacy lives on as the International Space Station fulfills its promise as a symbol of hope for the world and a springboard to missions farther into the solar system. Our lost friends are with us in the strivings of all of our missions to take humans to new destinations and to unlock the secrets of our universe. We honor them by making our dreams of a better tomorrow reality and taking advantage of the fruits of exploration to improve life for people everywhere.

Let us join together as one NASA Family, along with the entire world, in paying our respects, and honoring the memories of our dear friends. They will never be forgotten. Godspeed to every one of them.

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Photos from today's wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery (credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky):
NASA personnel watch as a wreath is laid at the Tomb of the Unknowns by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and his wife Alexis as part of NASA's Day of Remembrance, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden speaks to NASA personnel and others during the wreath laying ceremony.

The grave markers of Virgil "Gus" Grisson and Roger Chaffee, from Apollo 1, are seen after the wreath laying ceremony.

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NASA Administrator Charles Bolden speaks to NASA personnel and others during the wreath laying ceremony.

The Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial is seen after the wreath laying ceremony.

The Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial is seen after the wreath laying ceremony.

For more photographs, see NASA's Day of Remembrance gallery.

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White House release
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.

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