KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (January 22, 2013) – The Astronauts Memorial Foundation (AMF) is holding a ceremony to honor the crew of space shuttle Columbia STS-107 in remembrance of the 10th anniversary of the Columbia disaster at 10 a.m. EDT on Feb. 1, 2013. The ceremony being held at the Space Mirror Memorial at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex celebrates and memorializes all astronauts who have sacrificed their lives for the nation and its space program.
Ceremony speakers include Thad Altman, AMF president and chief executive officer; Jon A. McBride, AMF Board of Directors chairman and former astronaut; Mick Ukleja, Ph.D., AMF Board of Trustees chairman; Evelyn Husband-Thompson, widow of Colonel Rick Husband, commander space shuttle Columbia STS-107; Eileen Collins, Return to Flight space shuttle commander; Robert D. Cabana, NASA Kennedy Space Center director and former astronaut; William H. Gerstenmaier, NASA Human Exploration and Operations associate administrator; and Robert Lightfoot, NASA associate administrator.
Six-time Grammy award-winning recording artist BeBe Winans will pay tribute at the ceremony by singing “Star Spangled Banner” and “Ultimate Sacrifice,” two songs from his latest album “America America.” “Ultimate Sacrifice” is an original song by Winans written as a thank you to United States military personnel who have given their lives in service to our country.
The Space Shuttle Columbia’s crew of seven astronauts perished when Columbia broke apart during re-entry on Feb. 1, 2003. The STS-107 crew included Commander Rick D. Husband, Pilot William C. McCool, Payload Commander Michael P. Anderson, Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon, and Mission Specialists Kalpana Chawla, David M. Brown and Laurel Blair Salton Clark.
The public is invited to attend the ceremony. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will provide flowers for ceremony guests and visitors throughout the morning to place at the memorial. For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.
About Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. Closing times vary by season. Admission includes the Kennedy Space Center Tour, featuring an actual Saturn V moon rocket, Shuttle Launch Experience, 3D IMAX® space films, Astronaut Encounter, Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted and all exhibits. Admission also includes the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame® featuring the world’s largest collection of personal astronaut memorabilia. Admission is $50 + tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3-11. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Commander’s Club Annual Pass is $63 + tax for adults and $53 + tax for children ages 3-11. For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.
About The Astronauts Memorial Foundation
The Astronauts Memorial Foundation, a private, nonprofit organization, built and maintains the Space Mirror Memorial and the Center for Space Education located in the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Dedicated in 1991 to honor all astronauts who lost their lives on missions or during training, the Space Mirror Memorial has been designated a national memorial by Congress. The Center for Space Education, a living memorial to the astronauts, was created to foster an understanding of space exploration among young people, teachers and Kennedy Space Center visitors. For more information, call 321-452-2887 or visit www.astronautsmemorialfoundation.org.
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