News Release, NASA

The Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial is seen after a wreath laying ceremony that was part of NASA's Day of Remembrance in 2014.
The Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial is seen after a wreath laying ceremony that was part of NASA’s Day of Remembrance, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Arlington National Cemetery. Wreaths were laid in memory of those men and women who lost their lives in the quest for space exploration.Credits: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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, Feb. 7.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, and other agency senior officials, will lead an observance at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia starting at 1 p.m. EST. A wreath-laying ceremony will be held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, followed by observances for the Apollo 1, Challenger and Columbia crews.

Media interested in attending the remembrance event must contact Arlington National Cemetery Public Affairs at 703-614-0024 no later than Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Various NASA centers also will hold observances on and leading up to the Day of Remembrance for the public, employees and the families of those lost in service to America’s space program.

Kennedy Space Center, Florida

The Astronauts Memorial Foundation and Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will host Day of Remembrance observance activities, including a wreath-laying ceremony at the Space Mirror Memorial. Thad Altman, president and chief executive officer of the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, and Robert Cabana, Kennedy center director, will speak at the ceremony.

Media interested in attending this event should contact Kenna Pell at 321-603-9324 or kpell@delawarenorth.com.

Video and still images of various agency observances will be available at:

https://www.nasa.gov/mediaresources

The agency also is paying tribute to its fallen astronauts with special online content available Wednesday, Feb. 6, at:

https://www.nasa.gov/dor2019

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