NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden and astronaut Mike Fossum today offered messages of appreciation to the nation's veterans and military service members around the world.
"As we observe another Veterans Day, I ask the entire NASA family to join me in taking a moment to remember the contributions our men and women in the armed services have made to our safety and our way of life, and the sacrifices they continue to make for all of us on a daily basis," said Bolden, a retired Marine Corps major general.
"NASA's connection to the military dates to the agency's founding, when so many of our early astronauts emerged from the military. Today, many of our NASA colleagues are still current or former members of the military. Some of them have lost their lives in the cause of space exploration, and many others with NASA connections have also lost their lives in service to our great country."
Watch the full message here.
Fossum is the commander of the International Space Station's three-person Expedition 29 crew, which also includes Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov and Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa. All three plan to return to Earth this month.
"Much like our brave service men and women across the globe, we're far from home, family and friends, conducting a very important mission in a hostile environment," said Fossum, a retired colonel in the Air Force Reserves. "But we share one common objective: to work for the good of humankind with our international partners."
Watch Fossum's complete message here.
IMAGE: John Young, astronaut and Navy veteran, salutes the U.S. flag at the Descartes landing site during the first Apollo 16 extravehicular activity. Young, commander of the Apollo 16 lunar landing mission, jumps up from the lunar surface as astronaut and Air Force veteran, Charles M. Duke Jr., lunar module pilot, took this picture. Credit: NASA, Charles M. Duke Jr.