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(HOUSTON, TX)–NASA is paying tribute to the crews of Apollo 1 and Space Shuttles Challenger and Columbia today, during the agency’s day of remembrance.  It’s a day to honor members of the NASA family who lost their lives while furthering the cause of exploration and discovery.


A tree was planted yesterday [Thurs] at The Johnson Space Center in honor of retired astronaut C. Gordon “Gordo” Fullerton, who died last August from complications of a stroke.  In addition, wreaths are being laid today at Arlington National Cemetery and at the Space Mirror Memorial at the Kennedy Space Center visitor complex in Florida.


Tomorrow, February 1st, is the 11th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Columbia Tragedy in 2003 when the shuttle broke apart just 16 minutes before it was supposed to land in Florida, killing all seven crew members.

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