Today, is NASA’s Day of Remembrance, a day to honor NASA astronauts who lost their lives in the pursuit of advancing our nation’s exploration of space. This year’s Day of Remembrance falls on the 35th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy.

Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) made the following statement.

“Today, on NASA’s annual Day of Remembrance, we pause to remember the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of exploration and discovery. Space exploration is a noble endeavor that can advance our pursuit of knowledge and innovation. However, we must never take it or its risks for granted. The heroes we honor today each shared a relentless dedication to pursuing a better future for all—a true testament to the American spirit. It is in that spirit that we continue to support investments into the advancement of our nation’s science and technology enterprise. I can think of no better way to honor their sacrifice and their families than to reaffirm our commitment to a strong and inspiring civil space program now and into the future.”