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NASA Ames Honors Fallen Heroes, Unveils Columbia Memorabilia, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013
Kalpana Chawla Pictured here is Kalpana Chawla in Jan. 1994 when she was an astronaut candidate working here at Ames.
Photo credit: NASA Ames/Cesar Acosta
Join us as we honor the astronauts and brave members of the NASA family who gave their lives in the pursuit of space exploration and service to our nation, during a Day of Remembrance Ceremony in the Ames Exploration Center on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013.

NASA's Exploration Center is the large white dome located at the main gate of NASA's Ames Research Center. To reach NASA Ames, take U.S. Highway 101 to the Moffett Field, NASA Parkway exit and drive east on Moffett Boulevard towards the main gate and bear right into the parking lot.

The Exploration Center also will unveil an exhibit to pay tribute to NASA Astronaut and STS-107 space shuttle Columbia Mission Specialist, Kalpana Chawla, a friend and colleague to the Ames community during her tenure as an astronaut candidate.

The public is invited to hear remarks from Ames Center Director S. Pete Worden, see a presentation about Chawla by former Ames colleagues, see a video featuring Columbia, and observe a moment of silence. Across the country, flags at NASA Headquarters in Washington and the NASA field centers will be flown at half-mast in memory of the colleagues lost in the cause of exploration.

The Columbia memorabilia exhibit features Chawla's personal belongings, items and awards associated with her career at NASA, and will be open to the public through March 25, 2013.

Schedule of events for Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 (all times PST)
  • 4 p.m.: Exploration Center doors open
  • 4:15 p.m.: Opening remarks by Ames Center Director S. Pete Worden
  • 4:25 p.m.: Moment of Silence
  • 4:30 p.m.: Presentation about NASA Astronaut and Columbia mission specialist, Kalpana Chawla
  • 4:40 p.m.: Columbia video
  • 4:45 p.m.: Memorabilia exhibit unveiling
  • 6 p.m.: Exploration Center closes
A decade has passed since the loss of the crew of space shuttle Columbia on Feb. 1, 2003 just minutes before landing. More than 40 years ago, on Jan. 27, 1967, the crew of Apollo 1 perished in a terrible fire. And nearly 30 years ago, on Jan. 28, 1986, the crew of space shuttle Challenger died less than two minutes after launch.

A wreath-laying ceremony at the Space Mirror Memorial at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, hosted by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation will be broadcast live on NASA Television starting 7 a.m. PST Friday, Feb. 1, 2013.

For NASA Television downlink information, schedule information and streaming video, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
For more information about NASA's Day of Remembrance, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/dor