SEATTLE, Jan. 16, 2020—This year may be the beginning of another era in spaceflight, with plans for new Boeing and SpaceX crewed spaceships on NASA missions to the International Space Station, and suborbital tourism flights by Virgin Galactic. Commercial space vacations seem right around the corner. It is almost looking easy, but the road has been rough. From Jan. 24-Feb. 2, the Museum honors the astronauts who made the ultimate sacrifice to help lay a safer path for today’s space explorers.

Museum displays will remember fallen astronauts and the fatal accidents of Apollo1 (Jan. 27, 1967) and the space shuttles Challenger (January 28, 1986) and Columbia (Feb. 1, 2003). On Jan. 25 a 2 p.m. program with Museum docent Marva Semet will recall those tragedies while exploring the risks and successes of all space travel. The displays and presentation are free with admission to the Museum.

Image: NASA photo of Apollo 1 crew, Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee. Apollo 1 video:


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