NASA’s annual Day of Remembrance has been postponed until Thursday, Feb. 7, because of the government shutdown.
The Day of Remembrance is usually held on the last Thursday of each year. During the Day of Remembrance, NASA pays tribute to the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, as well as other NASA colleagues who lost their lives while furthering the cause of space exploration and discovery.
“Unfortunately, most of our NASA family is on furlough and we recognize that participation in many of the Day of Remembrance activities would be a challenge. As a result, we have decided to delay our observance until the NASA family is able to come together to remember our fallen astronauts and those who have given their life in the pursuit of exploration,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine in a statement about the postponed ceremony.
This year’s ceremony will be held at the Space Mirror Memorial at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Cape Canaveral.
Robert Cabana, director of Kennedy Space Center, and Thad Altman, executive director and chief executive officer of The Astronauts Memorial Foundation, will speak at the ceremony.
Following the commemoration, a wreath laying ceremony will take place at the Space Mirror Memorial. Attendees will be given flowers to pay respects to our fallen heroes.
NASA Day of Remembrance
- 10 a.m. Thursday Feb. 7
- Space Mirror Memorial located at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Space Commerce Way, Merritt Island. Fla., 32953
- Phone: 1-855-433-4210