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NASA Day of Remembrance Focuses on Four Early Space Casualties

25 Jan 2018, 23:25 UTC
NASA Day of Remembrance Focuses on Four Early Space Casualties
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER: A large crowd convened at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Information Center on January 25, 2018 for the annual NASA Day of Remembrance. A focus this year was on four astronauts who perished in events other than Apollo One, Challenger, and Columbia. Family members of Charles A. Bassett II, Elliot M. See Jr., Clifton C. Williams, and Michael J. Adams shared memories of each astronaut. Also in attendance, Tal Ramon, son of Columbia crew member Ilan Ramon shared two original compositions and spoke about his father.
KSC Director Bob Cabana: “Thank you all for coming today to pay tribute to all those who’s names are on the mirror outside. It was 19 years from Apollo One to Challenger. And 17 years from Challenger to Columbia. Many of the lessons learned in each case, we had to learn again. Now, 15 years after Columbia, my goal is that we do not have to learn them yet again. That we do not repeat the mistakes of the past as we move forward to fly crews to the International Space Station on commercial vehicles and we once again return to the moon and go beyond with Orion and the Space ...

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