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Moving exhibit pays tribute to lost space shuttles’ crews

At Kennedy Space Center, pieces of wreckage are on display for first time

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10:00am, August 9, 2015
Astronaut Exhibit

PEERING IN  Windows look onto the lost lives of astronauts. Also on exhibit are fragments of the two destroyed space shuttles.

With the blessings of all 14 families of lost astronauts, a new memorial to the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle disasters opened in June at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The permanent exhibit includes the first pieces of shuttle wreckage ever on public display, but fittingly focuses more on the lives lost.

“Forever Remembered” is housed inside the space center’s new $100 million exhibit about the space shuttle Atlantis. Below the nose of the intact shuttle, visitors enter a hall lit by tributes to each astronaut from the lost missions, those from Challenger on the left and Columbia on the right. Each display includes glimpses of the astronaut’s life. Items include plans for remodeling the home of Challenger pilot Michael Smith and a recovered page in Hebrew from the Columbia flight journal of Ilan Ramon, a payload specialist

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