Day of Remembrance: 20 Years After Columbia Tragedy

NASA Day of Remembrance

NASA, the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will come together to host NASA’s Day of Remembrance on January 26th, 2023. The ceremony, which will take place at the Space Mirror Memorial located in the visitor complex, will honor all astronauts who have lost their lives while furthering the cause of space exploration and discovery.

This year’s Day of Remembrance holds special significance as it marks 20 years since the Columbia tragedy. On February 1st, 2003, the space shuttle Columbia broke apart during re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven crew members on board. The Day of Remembrance ceremony will serve as a tribute to the Columbia crew, as well as all other astronauts who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the advancement of space exploration.


The Day of Remembrance is an opportunity to come together as a community and remember the sacrifices made by the brave men and women who have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of space exploration. The ceremony serves as a reminder of the importance of space exploration and the impact it has on our understanding of the world and our place in the universe. NASA’s Day of Remembrance is a time to honor the fallen heroes and celebrate the legacy they have left behind. The ceremony is a powerful reminder of the sacrifices that have been made in the name of space exploration and the importance of continuing to push the boundaries of what is possible.

The ceremony will be streamed live on Kennedy Space Center’s Facebook page at 10 a.m. ET on January 26th, 2022, so that even those who can’t attend in person can still pay their respects and participate in the commemoration. The ceremony will include speeches from Thad Altman, President and CEO of the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, and Janet Petro, Center Director of NASA Kennedy Space Center. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a wreath laying ceremony and receive flowers to pay their respects to the fallen heroes.


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