NASA Day of RemembranceJan 26, 2017 10:00 AM - Jan 26, 2017 12:00 PM Space Mirror Memorial
NASA's Kennedy Space Center will pay tribute to the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, as well as other NASA colleagues, during the NASA Day of Remembrance Thursday, January 26.
A presentation with guest speakers begins at 10 am in Astronaut Memorial Foundation's Center for Space Education, located inside the visitor complex. The formal program includes speakers, videos and montages of fallen astronauts who are honored on this day. This year marks the 50th year since Apollo 1. Tragedy struck during a preflight test for the mission. Astronauts Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee lost their lives when a fire swept through the command module. After the presentation, a memorial wreath will be placed by family members of the Apollo 1 astronauts at the Space Mirror Memorial. Flowers will be distributed to all visitors so that they may also honor the fallen astronauts at the Space Mirror Memorial. This event will be broadcast on NASA TV.
The Astronauts Memorial Foundation is a private, not-for-profit organization that built and maintains the Space Mirror Memorial, and provides free educational programs to all ages promoting America’s continued space exploration. The Space Mirror was dedicated in 1991 to honor all astronauts who lost their lives on missions or during training. It has been designated a National Memorial by Congress.
NASA's Day of Remembrance
Event is included with daily admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
- Presentation at Center for Space Education 10 am
- Wreath-laying at Space Mirror Memorial immediately following conclusion of program