“NASA has a unique culture that is fueled by possibility, set on a path to the next giant leap for humanity, and guided by its history. The lessons of our past are the enduring legacy of the brave women and men who did not put limits on what could be achieved, and we all recognize the honor of being counted among them as part of the NASA family,” said Acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk.
The Day of Remembrance was marked with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. Several NASA centers commemorated the day as well.
“Today, on NASA’s annual Day of Remembrance, we pause to remember the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of exploration and discovery. Space exploration is a noble endeavor that can advance our pursuit of knowledge and innovation. However, we must never take it or its risks for granted,” said Eddie Bernice Johnson, Chairwoman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.
“The heroes we honor today each shared a relentless dedication to pursuing a better future for all — a true testament to the American spirit,” Johnson added.