At a public memorial service at Kennedy Space Center this evening, NASA will honor the seven Columbia astronauts; Colonel Rick D. Husband, William C. McCool, Michael P. Anderson, Kalpana Chawla, David M. Brown, Laurel Clark and the first Israeli first astronaut, Ilan Ramon. They all tragically perished when the space shuttle disintegrated over Texas, just minutes from landing in Florida, returning from a 16-day science mission. Evelyn Husband Thompson, who was married to the shuttle’s commander, will be amongst those speaking at the event.
NASA’s ‘Day of Remembrance’ today also salutes the seven crew members of the space shuttle Challenger, Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis & Judith Resnik, who died in 1986 when the shuttle’s booster engine failed and the spacecraft broke apart less than two minutes after it blasted off.
The evening’s tribute will also play homage to the three Apollo 1 astronauts, Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Edward H. White and P Roger B. Chaffee who died in flash fire during a pre-flight test for what was supposed to be NASA’s first manned mission to the moon in 1967.
We honor your service in a legacy of bravery that will always inspire a grateful nation.
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