Astronauts Memorial Foundation founded in wake of Space Shuttle Challenger accident in 1986
(NASA) – NASA, in partnership with the Astronauts Memorial Foundation and Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, will honor members of the NASA family who lost their lives while furthering the cause of exploration and discovery, including the crews of the space shuttles Challenger and Columbia at the agency’s annual Day of Remembrance, Thursday, Jan. 25.
This very special ceremony will take place at the Space Mirror Memorial, at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, and will start at 10 a.m.
The commemoration will include a wreath laying ceremony and attendees will be given flowers to pay respects to our fallen heroes.
This year, the NASA Day of Remembrance will also remember the tragedy of Apollo 1, which occurred 55 years ago. According to the NASA.gov. website, “On Jan. 27, 1967, tragedy struck on the launch pad at Cape Kennedy during a preflight test for Apollo 204 (AS-204).
The mission was to be the first crewed flight of Apollo, and was scheduled to launch Feb. 21, 1967. Astronauts Virgil Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee lost their lives when a fire swept through the command module.”
About The Astronauts Memorial Foundation: Mission of the Astronauts Memorial Foundation is to “honor and memorialize those astronauts who have sacrificed their lives for the advancement of human spaceflight and insure future generations of space explorers.
“The Astronauts Memorial Foundation (AMF) was founded in the wake of the Space Shuttle Challenger accident in 1986. AMF honors the US astronauts and astronauts who flew with US crews, as well as commercial crew-members during FAA-approved exploratory or experimental spaceflight, who lost their lives. Twenty-five astronauts are now honored by AMF at the nation’s Space Mirror Memorial at Kennedy Space Center, FL.
“The Center for Space Education (CSE) was dedicated in 1994 as the nation’s ‘living memorial’ for our fallen astronauts. The CSE hosts student and educator programs for participants from across the globe, and through partnership with NASA provides complimentary access to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for program attendees.”