The remains of retired NASA astronaut and research pilot C. Gordon Fullerton were laid to rest Nov. 15 during a formal burial ceremony with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., near the nation's capital.
About 150 friends, family members and former associates of Fullerton attended the ceremony at Arlington to show their respects, among them 16 present or former NASA astronauts, including NASA administrator Charlie Bolden. Several who flew with Fullerton during the space shuttle program also attended the ceremonies, including Fred Haise, who flew with Fullerton during the shuttle approach and landing tests at NASA Dryden on Edwards Air Force Base in 1977; Jack Lousma, who flew with Fullerton on the STS-3 orbital test mission in 1982; and John-David Bartoe, a payload specialist on shuttle mission STS-51F that Fullerton commanded.
NASA Dryden center director David McBride and former center director Ken Szalai also attended the memorial, as did a number of other friends and acquaintances from the Lancaster, Calif., area, where he had resided for almost three decades.
Fullerton's body was interred in Section 46 of Arlington cemetery, adjacent to the gravesites of the crews of shuttle mission 51-L on the shuttle Challenger, which was destroyed in a post-launch explosion in early 1986, and of mission STS-107 on the shuttle Columbia, which was destroyed upon re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere in early 2003. Fullerton had flown Columbia and Challenger on his two trips into space in 1982 and 1985, respectively.
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