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Update, Jan 31:  The event has been rescheduled for February 7.

NASA’s press release says:

NASA will honor members of the NASA family who lost their lives while furthering the cause of exploration and discovery, including the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, during the agency’s annual Day of Remembrance Thursday, Feb. 7.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, and other agency senior officials, will lead an observance at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia starting at 1 p.m. EST. A wreath-laying ceremony will be held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, followed by observances for the Apollo 1, Challenger and Columbia crews.

Media interested in attending the remembrance event must contact Arlington National Cemetery Public Affairs at 703-614-0024 no later than Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Various NASA centers also will hold observances on and leading up to the Day of Remembrance for the public, employees and the families of those lost in service to America’s space program.

Kennedy Space Center, Florida

The Astronauts Memorial Foundation and Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will host Day of Remembrance observance activities, including a wreath-laying ceremony at the Space Mirror Memorial. Thad Altman, president and chief executive officer of the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, and Robert Cabana, Kennedy center director, will speak at the ceremony.

Media interested in attending this event should contact Kenna Pell at 321-603-9324 or kpell@delawarenorth.com.

Video and still images of various agency observances will be available at:


The agency also is paying tribute to its fallen astronauts with special online content available Wednesday, Feb. 6, at:


Images and multimedia from this year’s events will be added following the events.



Original Entry: NASA holds an annual Day of Remembrance to honor fallen astronauts, including those lost in the three U.S. human spaceflight tragedies —  the three man Apollo 1 crew (Jan 27, 1967), the seven-person space shuttle Challenger crew (Jan 28, 1986) and the seven-person space shuttle Columbia crew (February 1, 2003).

In 2019, the Day was scheduled for take place on January 31, but due to the partial government shutdown, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced that it will be posponed until the NASA family can once again be together.  Here is the text of his letter.


February 7, 2019
8:00 am - 11:00 pm