NASA in Huntsville remembers fallen astronauts, 'our silent partners,' vows to keep exploring

January 29, 2015 9:25 PM

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Huntsville NASA employees came together in the lobby of Marshall Space Flight Center's historic headquarters Building 4200 Thursday for one of their most solemn and honored annual rituals: remembering the 17 astronauts killed in America's space program.

"The ones we have lost are with us," said John Honeycutt, deputy program manager of the Space Launch System, NASA's next big rocket now being developed at Marshall. The fallen astronauts were "the best," Honeycutt said, because "only the best get to fly" and "they are our silent partners" today.

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