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NASA Day of Remembrance

Each January, NASA pauses to honor members of the NASA family who lost their lives while furthering the cause of exploration and discovery, including the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia. In 2024, the Day of Remembrance will be observed on Jan. 25.

Kennedy Space Center workers and guests placed flowers at the Space Mirror Memorial at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida during NASA's Day of Remembrance on Jan. 26, 2023. The event honored the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, as well as other astronauts who lost their lives in the pursuit of spaceflight.
Kennedy Space Center workers and guests placed flowers at the Space Mirror Memorial at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida during NASA’s Day of Remembrance on Jan. 26, 2023. The event honored the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, as well as other astronauts who lost their lives in the pursuit of spaceflight.
Photo Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson lays flowers at the grave markers of Virgil “Gus” Grissom and Roger Chaffee from Apollo 1 during a ceremony that was part of NASA’s Day of Remembrance, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
Photo Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani
The Space Shuttle Columbia and Space Shuttle Challenger Memorials are seen after a wreath laying ceremony that was part of NASA’s Day of Remembrance, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
Photo Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani
Columbia astronaut William McCool’s family representatives, Jane Tani and Dan Tani, visit the Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial after a wreath laying ceremony that was part of NASA’s Day of Remembrance, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
Photo Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani