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NASA to televise Columbia remembrance

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NASA to televise Columbia remembrance
The seven member crew of Space Shuttle Coumbia, commanded by Col. Rick Husband, depart the Operations and Checkout building on Jan 16. Columbia and its seven-member crew, including Israel's first astronaut Ilan Ramon, were lost upon return to Earth Saturday following a 16-day space research mission. Observers in Houston who could see the shuttle as it flew overhead enroute to the Kennedy Space Center in Houston reported debris falling from the sky.This shuttle mission is dedicated to scientific research and is scheduled to last for 16 days. (UPI Photo/Marino/Cantrell) | License Photo

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency will televise the Astronauts Memorial Foundation's remembrance service honoring space shuttle Columbia's STS-107 crew.

The ceremony marking the fifth anniversary of the Columbia accident will be 10 a.m. EST, Feb. 1 at the Space Mirror Memorial at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex at Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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Speakers during the ceremony will include NASA Administrator Michael Griffin; Evelyn Husband-Thompson, widow of U.S. Air Force Col. Rick Husband; Kennedy Space Center Director Bill Parsons; and NASA Associate Administrator for Space Operations William Gerstenmaier.

Astronauts Memorial Foundation President Stephen Feldman will lead the service.

Columbia's seven astronauts were lost during re-entry Feb. 1, 2003, following a 16-day science mission. The crew members were Husband, William McCool, Michael Anderson, David Brown, Kalpana Chawla, Laurel Clark and Ilan Ramon.

NASA TV downlink information is available at http://www.nasa.gov/ntv.

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