BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It was 29 years ago today. Challenger just blasted off. The awe Americans felt as they space shuttle soared skyward turned to shock and disbelief when something went horribly wrong. Challenger exploded. It's crew didn't survive.
Today, NASA will pay will tribute to the crews of Challenger, Columbia and Apollo 1, as well as other NASA colleagues, during the agency's annual Day of Remembrance.
NASA's Day of Remembrance honors members of the NASA family who lost their lives while furthering the cause of exploration and discovery. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and other agency senior officials will hold an observance and wreath-laying at Arlington National Cemetery 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Following the wreath-laying ceremony, various NASA centers will hold remembrance events for their employees.
At Stennis Space Center, staff members will hold an internal remembrance ceremony just for employees.
Kennedy Space Center in Florida will hold a brief ceremony, led by center deputy director Janet Petro, at 10:30 a.m. at the Space Mirror Memorial, located on the grounds of the visitors complex.