Press Release

NASA Day of Remembrance Feb. 1 at Kennedy Space Center

By SpaceRef Editor
January 25, 2013
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NASA Day of Remembrance Feb. 1 at Kennedy Space Center

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Fla., will pay 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 observance on Friday, Feb. 1, the 10th anniversary of the Columbia tragedy.

Media and the general public are invited to a wreath-laying ceremony at 10 a.m. EST at the Space Mirror Memorial at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, hosted by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation.

Media interested in covering the service should contact Andrea Farmer at 321-449-4318 or Catherine Segar at 321-449-4273 or by email at or

NASA’s Day of Remembrance honors members of the NASA family who lost their lives while furthering the cause of exploration and discovery.

Ceremony speakers include: -Robert Lightfoot, NASA associate administrator, Washington

-William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator, NASA Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, Washington

-Robert Cabana, director, NASA Kennedy Space Center

-Thad Altman, president and chief executive officer, Astronauts Memorial Foundation

-Jon McBride, chairman, Board of Directors, Astronauts Memorial Foundation

-Mick Ukleja, chairman, Board of Trustees, Astronauts Memorial Foundation

-Evelyn Husband-Thompson, widow of Col. Rick Husband, commander, space shuttle Columbia, STS-107

-Eileen Collins, commander, space shuttle Discovery, STS-114

The Astronauts Memorial Foundation, a private, not-for-profit organization, built and maintains the Space Mirror Memorial. It was dedicated in 1991 to honor all astronauts who lost their lives on missions or during training and has been designated a National Memorial by Congress.

The ceremony will be broadcast live on NASA Television. For NASA Television downlink information, schedule information and streaming video, visit:

Images of the service will be available in Kennedy’s Media Gallery online at:

For information about NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, visit:

SpaceRef staff editor.