Crew members lost on Space Shuttles Challenger and Columbia are honored at a somber exhibit at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Opened June 27, 2015 in the shadow of Atlantis, “Forever Remembered” tells the personal stories of the fallen astronauts through pictures, personal mementos, and wreckage from both orbiters.
One room of the exhibit contains debris from Challenger, which broke up 73 seconds after liftoff on January 28, 1986. A portion of the heavily-damaged fuselage with the American flag still visible is on display.
It’s the first time NASA has allowed members of the public to view remnants from the two tragedies.
Administrators say the exhibit is intended to bring closure to the space shuttle era by not only telling the stories of the astronauts who died, but to the men and women who maintained the shuttle fleet.