Fallen CU-Boulder Astronauts To Be Celebrated On Campus Saturday

University of Colorado Boulder alumni Ellison Onizuka and Kalpana Chawla, who died in space shuttle accidents 17 years apart, will be remembered on campus on Saturday.

University of Colorado Boulder alumni Ellison Onizuka and Kalpana Chawla, who died in space shuttle accidents 17 years apart, will be remembered on campus on Saturday.

CU-Boulder cadets from the Air Force ROTC and Arnold Air Society will hold the memorial for Onizuka, Chawla and the other 12 astronauts that perished in the two disasters at 9:38 a.m. on Saturday, January 31 — the exact time of the Challenger disaster — outside the Regent Administrative Center. The event will include an invocation, a speech by Squadron Commander Zach D. Bruce and a presentation of colors, followed by a procession down Regent Drive to the Space Shuttle Challenger and Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial in front of Fiske Planetarium.

NASA paid tribute to its fallen astronauts with a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia at 9 a.m. EST on January 28. The agency also has created a special online celebration of its fallen astronauts that is available at:

http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/DOR2015/

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