HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - NASA colleagues paid tribute to the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia as part of the organization's annual Day of Remembrance on Wednesday.
The day was spent remembering and honoring those who lost their lives while attempting to study and further their knowledge of exploration in outer space. The center's executive director compared these brave men and women who lost their lives nearly 30 years ago to the brave men and women who also lost their lives fighting for freedom in our country.
"In either case, we're trying to keep and secure something," said executive director John Wilson. "We have in the military the case of freedom and trying to make freedom available to others. In the case of the astronauts aboard these grand flying machines, it's about securing knowledge. It's about pushing back the boundaries of ignorance and seeing in areas that we haven't seen before."
As a part of the day of remembrance, a wreath-laying ceremony was held at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia by NASA administrator Charles Bolden and other agency officials.