Downey, CA, January 20, 2017: The Columbia Memorial Space Center (CMSC) will be hosting an ‘Astronaut Commemoration’ on Saturday, January 28th. Join us in celebrating the astronauts of the Challenger, Columbia, and Apollo I, all of whom were lost on our trek to the stars. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 1 disaster, the first time NASA had lost astronauts and an event strongly connected to the Space Center and the City of Downey. Our site is where the Apollo program was designed and built and, after the Apollo 1 accident, the capsule resided here on site for years as engineers learned from the tragedy. CMSC will be dedicating a special memorial plaque in honor of the Apollo 1 astronauts on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary.