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US shutdown forces NASA to postpone Day of Remembrance – Shillong Times



Washington, Jan 25 (IANS) The US Space Agency NASA has indefinitely postponed its holiday ceremony dedicated to space heroes who gave their lives to space exploration because of the ongoing government termination.

The ceremony scheduled for January 31, has been postponed by NASA, said CEO Jim Bridenstine until the agency's employees start working again. This will ensure their participation in the annual holiday, reported space.com.

"NASA's annual memorial day reminds us to reflect on not only the victims made by our fallen family, friends, and colleagues, but also to remind us of our core values ​​of security, integrity, and teamwork when we do our historic missions, "says Bridenstine.

"Unfortunately, most of our NASA families are at the forefront and we recognize the participation in many of the day of memorial will be a challenge."

The reminder day marks the agency's three most serious tragedies that all took place at the end of January or early February.

Apollo 1

, which burned during a launch simulation on January 27, 1967; Challenger shuttle that exploded one minute after lifting on January 28, 1986; and the Columbia space shuttle that burned during the re-entry on February 1, 2003, when the Indian American astronaut Kalpana Cahwla also lost his life.

NASA centers across the country are organizing ceremonies to mark the deaths of some events, including family members of astronauts who died while working for NASA.

The partial decommissioning, which started on December 22, has become the longest record and takes over the previous record of the 21-day death penalty in 1995-1996 under early President Bill Clinton.

The closure without budget has affected 800,000 employees as they have not received pay slips, the report says.

NASA staff working with astronauts aboard the international space station and with spacecraft now flying, are considered critical personnel and work during the interruption. However, many other employees have been sent home indefinitely.


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