Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day, A Tribute to Those That Served in Space

Challenger astronauts memorialized on the Moon

After the Challenger Accident in 1986, seven craters on the Moon were named after the astronauts

The Space Mirror Memorial, also known as the Astronaut Memorial, is a memorial on the grounds of the John F. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Merritt Island, Florida. It honors the 24 American Astronauts killed in the line of duty.  It is maintained by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, whose offices are located in the NASA Center for Space Education next door to the Visitor Complex.

This plaque was left on the Moon by the Apollo 11 astronauts. It says "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon July 1969, A.D. We came in peace for all mankind." The Memorial left behind celebrates both Russian and American that died serving their country. 

 Statue Honors Columbia Astronaut Anderson 
A bronze memorial in Spokane, Washington honors a fallen hometown hero.

Texas Tribute Honors Astronaut Hero Willie McCool
A 15-foot bronze statue of the late Willie McCool, one of the seven fallen heroes of Columbia, towers in Texas today. The larger-than-life figure was unveiled May 7, 2005, in Lubbock's Huneke Park.

 February 18, 2003: The Washington State Transportation Commission honored Lt. Col. Michael P. Anderson, one of the Columbia astronauts, by renaming State Route 904 after him. Anderson graduated from Cheney High School in 1977 and considered Spokane his home. The 20-mile stretch of highway forms a loop, connecting the community of Cheney with Interstate 90 at exit 257 and exit 270.
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