On Saturday, January 28, the 20th anniversary of the Challenger accident in which seven astronauts lost their lives pursuing the exploration of space, the Visitor Center at NASA’s Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, will host an astronaut memorial presentation that is open to the public.
In addition to remembering Challenger, the memorial will honor the astronauts who perished in the Apollo fire and Space Shuttle Columbia accident, as well as all other members of the NASA family who have lost their lives in the pursuit of knowledge.
At 1 p.m., NASA Glenn engineer Jeffrey Woytach will give a talk entitled "Space Heroes" that will highlight the roles these crews played in expanding our reach beyond the confines of Earth in the exploration of the moon and in our quest for scientific knowledge.
Throughout the day, visitors can view the astronaut memorial wall located in the lobby of the Visitor Center. As an additional way to remember the contributions made by those who have lost their lives, visitors are encouraged to spend time in the human spaceflight gallery, where the Combustion Module-2 Crew Trainer and the "Mission Support Center" console are located. The trainer, used by the Columbia crew, has been dedicated to their memory, and the console includes an STS-107 post-flight multimedia presentation on "Explorations in Microgravity".
A special attraction is a computer kiosk with a Columbia memorial interactive tribute that will be on display for this day only.
Located at 21000 Brookpark Road, the Visitor Center is free and the building is wheelchair accessible. Access to the NASA Glenn Visitor Center is limited to U.S. citizens and all adult visitors are required to present government-issued photo identification upon entering the Center’s Main Gate. All vehicles are subject to inspection.
For information about the Visitor Center or upcoming events, call 216-433-2000 or visit: http://visit.grc.nasa.gov
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