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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Pence Promises Missions to the Moon and Mars During Day of Remembrance

Vice President Mike Pence observes the grave marker of Virgil "Gus" Grissom from Apollo 1, after a wreath laying ceremony that was part of NASA's Day of Remembrance, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. Wreaths were laid in memory of those men and women who lost their lives in the quest for space exploration. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

Vice President Mike Pence honored the nation’s fallen astronauts Thursday, February 7, during a NASA day of remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorials at the cemetery honor those who perished when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded on Jan. 28, 1986, and when the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated upon reentering Earth’s atmosphere on Feb. 1, 2003. Pence recalled both events, saying that when the Columbia broke up, so did the hearts of the American people.

Pence told NASA staff and family members of fallen astronauts that President Donald Trump's administration is committed to the United States leading in space exploration.

Pence said the president has made it clear “we are going back to the moon, and once we’re back on the moon, the United States is going to Mars.”

NASA holds a Day of Remembrance every year in late January or early February because, though decades apart, the agencies three great tragedies all occurred between Jan. 27 and Feb. 1. 

Originally scheduled for Jan. 31, this year's Day of Remembrance was postponed until Feb. 7 because of the partial government shutdown. 

Credit: apnews.com

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