|January 27, 2021 |
NASA Pays Tribute to Fallen Heroes with Day of Remembrance
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, Jan. 28. This year’s NASA Day of Remembrance also marks 35 years since the Challenger tragedy.
“NASA has a unique culture that is fueled by possibility, set on a path to the next giant leap for humanity, and guided by its history,” said NASA Acting Administrator Steve Jurczyk. “The lessons of our past are the enduring legacy of the brave women and men who did not put limits on what could be achieved, and we all recognize the honor of being counted among them as part of the NASA family.”
Jurczyk will lead an observance at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, which will begin with a traditional wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, followed by observances for the Apollo 1, Challenger, and Columbia crews.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this year’s event will be limited to invited guests and closed to media.
Various NASA centers also will hold observances on the Day of Remembrance. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance will be limited at these events, and CDC-recommended health and safety protocols – including physical distancing and face coverings – will be followed.
Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Johnson Space Center, Houston
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama
Glenn Research Center, Cleveland
Video and still images of various agency observances will be available at:
The agency also is paying tribute to its fallen astronauts with special online content at:
Images and multimedia from this year’s events will be added following the events.
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