Kennedy News

Allard Beutel
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Andrea Farmer
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Fla.

Jan. 24, 2011
NASA Observes Day of Remembrance, Challenger Anniversary
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Kennedy Space Center, Fla., will observe NASA's Day of Remembrance on Jan. 27 and the 25th anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger accident on Jan. 28.

On Jan. 27, media and the general public are invited to a wreath-laying at 10:30 a.m. EST at the Space Mirror Memorial at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Kennedy Center Director and former astronaut Bob Cabana will take part in the ceremony.

NASA's Day of Remembrance honors members of the NASA family who lost their lives while furthering the cause of exploration and discovery, including the astronaut crews of Apollo 1 and shuttles Challenger and Columbia.

On Jan. 28 at 9 a.m., NASA Television will provide live coverage of The Astronauts Memorial Foundation's remembrance service honoring Challenger's STS-51L crew. The ceremony also will be held at the Space Mirror Memorial and open to both media and the public.

Speakers at the memorial are: NASA Associate Administrator for Space Operations William Gerstenmaier; June Scobee Rodgers, widow of Commander Dick Scobee; Robert Cabana, former astronaut and Kennedy center director; Michael McCulley, former astronaut and chairman of The Astronauts Memorial Foundation; and Rick Soria, 2009 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award winner. The Astronauts Memorial Foundation President Stephen Feldman will moderate the service.

Media interested in covering either or both events should contact Andrea Farmer at 321-449-4318, Jillian McRae at 321-449-4273 or Brittany Englert at 321-449-4311. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will provide flowers for visitors throughout the day to place at the memorial. For more information, please call 877-313-2610. Kennedy contractors and civil servants will be allowed access to the Space Mirror Memorial on both days to pay their respects.

Video of the Jan. 27 and Jan. 28 services will air on NASA Television's Video File segment. For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming video, visit:

Images of the service will be available in Kennedy's Media Gallery online at:

The Astronauts Memorial Foundation, a private, not-for-profit organization, built and maintains the Space Mirror Memorial. It was dedicated in 1991 to honor all astronauts who lost their lives on missions or during training and since has been designated a National Memorial by Congress.

For more information about the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, visit:

For information about NASA's Kennedy Space Center, visit:


- end -

text-only version of this release

To receive status reports and news releases issued from the Kennedy Space Center Newsroom electronically, send a blank e-mail message to To unsubscribe, send a blank e-mail message to The system will confirm your request via e-mail.