NASA Observes Day of Remembrance, Challenger Anniversary

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Jan. 24, 2011

Allard Beutel
Kennedy Space Center, Fla. 

Andrea Farmer
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Fla.



CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Kennedy Space Center, Fla., will observe 
NASA's Day of Remembrance on Jan. 27 and the 25th anniversary of the 
space shuttle Challenger accident on Jan. 28.

On Jan. 27, media and the general public are invited to a 
wreath-laying at 10:30 a.m. EST at the Space Mirror Memorial at 
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Kennedy Center Director and 
former astronaut Bob Cabana will take part in the ceremony.

NASA's Day of Remembrance honors members of the NASA family who lost 
their lives while furthering the cause of exploration and discovery, 
including the astronaut crews of Apollo 1 and shuttles Challenger and 

On Jan. 28 at 9 a.m., NASA Television will provide live coverage of 
The Astronauts Memorial Foundation's remembrance service honoring 
Challenger's STS-51L crew. The ceremony also will be held at the 
Space Mirror Memorial and open to both media and the public.

Speakers at the memorial are: NASA Associate Administrator for Space 
Operations William Gerstenmaier; June Scobee Rodgers, widow of 
Commander Dick Scobee; Robert Cabana, former astronaut and Kennedy 
center director; Michael McCulley, former astronaut and chairman of 
The Astronauts Memorial Foundation; and Rick Soria, 2009 Alan Shepard 
Technology in Education Award winner. The Astronauts Memorial 
Foundation President Stephen Feldman will moderate the service.

Media interested in covering either or both events should contact 
Andrea Farmer at 321-449-4318, Jillian McRae at 321-449-4273 or 
Brittany Englert at 321-449-4311. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor 
Complex will provide flowers for visitors throughout the day to place 
at the memorial. For more information, please call 877-313-2610. 
Kennedy contractors and civil servants will be allowed access to the 
Space Mirror Memorial on both days to pay their respects.

Video of the Jan. 27 and Jan. 28 services will air on NASA 
Television's Video File segment. For NASA TV downlink information, 
schedules and links to streaming video, visit: 

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

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 since has been designated a National 
Memorial by Congress.

For more information about the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, 

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


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