HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – For 60 seconds Thursday, silence filled a hall at Marshall Space Flight Center.
The minute of silence was part of the center’s annual Remembrance Ceremony.
The ceremony honors astronauts who have been killed in the quest for space exploration – as well as those who dedicated their lives to exploring space.
The annual observance is held at the end of January.
This time of year is especially significant for NASA.
The Apollo I disaster took place on January 27, 1967. Challenger exploded on January 28, 1986. Columbia was lost on February 1, 2003.
Speaking at Thursday’s ceremony, Marshall Space Flight Center Director Patrick Scheuermann said, “what we do is hard, very hard and dangerous.”
“Many of our heroes have lost their lives doing great things,” Scheuermann added.
The ceremony included a candle lighting in front of a wall featuring the pictures of the fallen astronauts.
Similar events were held at NASA’s other space centers this week.