To honor the upcoming anniversaries of three deadly disasters that claimed the lives of 17 NASA astronauts over the years, the space agency will host its annual Day of Remembrance ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia today (Jan. 25).
This time of year is always somber for NASA, with the anniversaries of the Apollo 1 fire, the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger and the loss of the space shuttle Columbia all happening over the span of just five days.
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During today's ceremony, NASA acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot and other senior officials will lead an observance starting at 10:25 a.m. EST (1525 GMT) followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
"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, including Johnson Space Center in Houston and Marshall Space Flight Center, in Huntsville, Alabama," NASA officials said in a statement.
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At Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Astronauts Memorial Foundation will host a ceremony in which daughters, sons and widows of the fallen astronauts will speak. Astronaut Eileen Collins, NASA's first female space shuttle commander, will also speak at this event. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
NASA TV will not broadcast these events, but those who cannot attend can learn more about the Day of Remembrance in a special multimedia presentation that the agency published online this week.
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