Kennedy Space Center this morning joined NASA centers across the country honoring fallen astronauts with an annual Day of Remembrance.
Center Director Bob Cabana, Deputy Director Janet Petro, and Mark Nappi, head of United Space Alliance's Florida operations, laid a wreath before the Space Mirror Memorial at the KSC Visitor Complex.
The trio bowed their heads and hugged before the mirror holding the names of 24 astronauts killed during missions or training.
Visitors were offered flowers to place in a fence framing the mirror.
Click here to see messages from NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden and President Barack Obama.
Next year, a much larger memorial event is expected to mark the 10th anniversary of the loss during re-entry of shuttle Columbia's seven-person crew.
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