What: Groundbreaking Ceremony for Columbia Memorial Space Science & Learning Center, Downey, California

A groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Columbia Memorial Space Science & Learning Center and the new Downey park on a 13-acre site.

The Columbia Memorial Space Science & Learning Center is being built to honor the Columbia Space Shuttle Crew who gave their lives on February 1, 2003 in service to their country.

When: April 12, 2007; 4:30 PM PDT

Where: 12400 Clark Avenue, Downey, CA 90241

Who: Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard – California’s 34th District, who was responsible for the passage of a measure to name and fund the Space Science Learning Center in Downey

Jonathan B. Clark M.D., M.P.H. – husband to Laurel Blair Salton Clark, M.D., NASA astronaut who died on the Space Shuttle Columbia. Dr. Clark is President of the Space Medicine Association. He is board certified in Neurology and Aerospace Medicine and is a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association. He is also the Space Medicine Liaison, National Space Biomedical Research Institute at Baylor College of Medicine.

Rick Trejo – Mayor of the City of Downey

Nato Flores – President, Tower General Contractors, the construction company building the Center

Alex Guerrero – EVP, Tower General Contractors

Why: The Center is also intended to serve as a tribute to the many people who have worked in the aviation and aerospace industry in Downey over seven decades. The leaders of the Center have a major educational goal: to enhance space science knowledge and scientific literacy. The Center is slated for completion on February 1, 2008, the fifth anniversary of the traged