Apollo 1 Astronauts from left to right, Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee
Space Shuttle Challenger STS-51-L crew from left to right, Mission Specialist Ellison S. Onizuka, Pilot Michael J. Smith, Payload Specialist Christa McAuliffe, Commander Francis R. Scobee, Payload Specialist Gregory B. Jarvis, Mission Specialist Judith A. Resnik, and Mission Specialist Ronald E. McNair
Space Shuttle Columbia STS-107 crew from left to right, Mission Specialist David M. Brown, Commander Rick D. Husband, Mission Specialist Laurel Blair Salton Clark, Mission Specialist Kalpana Chawla, Payload Commander Michael P. Anderson, Pilot William C. McCool, and Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon
Marshall Joins NASA to Pay Tribute to Fallen U.S. Astronauts
Bastion MSFC News - Huntsville, Alabama
Marshall Space Flight Center joined NASA field centers across the country on Feb. 7th to pay tribute to the fallen heroes. Former NASA astronaut Jan Davis said Remembrance Day is not just to remember their deaths, but also their extraordinary lives.
"We astronauts are willing to take the risk because to grow, to have benefits, to do things better, not only for our country but the earth, people in general," Davis said. "To explore and to push those boundaries. I mean that's how our country was discovered, that's how we have aviation, that's how we have done a lot of things is by people taking risk."
She said the tragedies we remember today forever changed the space program, and continue to influence future exploration.
The ceremony at Marshall joined others across the country in remembering the fallen heroes.