Washington, D.C. –Today, Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) released the following statement honoring the fallen heroes of Apollo 1, Columbia, and Challenger:

Chairman Smith: “NASA’s Day of Remembrance is a day to honor and reflect upon the lives of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the cause of space exploration and scientific discovery.  Americans will never forget the brave men and women who gave their lives to extend humanity into the cosmos.  It’s a testament to our nation’s determination and resilience that new generations of scientists, engineers and explorers follow in their footsteps to ensure America remains a world leader in space.”