Nicodemus (nicodemusrat) wrote,

NASA Remembrance Day

NASA has set aside the last Thursday in January as a day of remembrance, since the three major US manned spaceflight disasters all occurred at about this time of year. It's been 45 years since the Apollo 1 fire, 26 since the loss of Challenger, and 9 since the loss of Columbia.

There was a wreath-laying ceremony today at the Space Mirror Memorial at KSC.

NASA spokesman Allard Beutel: "These are the people who died supporting the cause of spaceflight. It's a time to reflect and reinforce that this is dangerous and difficult, but it's worth doing."

President Obama: "It is important to remember that pushing the boundaries of space requires great courage and has come with a steep price three times in our nation’s history [...] The loss of these pioneers is felt every day by their family, friends and colleagues."

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