Jan. 25, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Johnson Space Center Director,
, astronauts and other NASA employees will join the Sabine County Columbia Memorial Committee and the Patricia Huffman Smith NASA Museum in
, to pay tribute to the crew lost aboard the space shuttle
10 years ago
JSC representatives will participate in observances
Thursday, Jan. 31
Friday, Feb. 1
Ochoa and astronaut
will share remarks during a NASA night in
6 p.m. Thursday
in the Family Life Center, First Baptist Church. Astronaut
William (Bill) McArthur Jr.
, will join them in making remarks during a memorial tribute at the Family Life Center at
7:30 a.m. Friday
. That day marks the 10
anniversary of the
and its crew were lost 15 minutes before landing at NASA's
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
, when unknown damage to its wing allowed heating from entry to cause high-speed aerodynamic breakup of the vehicle at an altitude of about 200,000 feet over east
Ochoa was named director of JSC on
when her predecessor,
, retired. She previously was deputy director and director of Flight Crew Operations, and was an astronaut serving on four space shuttle missions before moving into management positions.
McArthur currently is director of JSC's Safety and Mission Assurance office. He previously was manager of the shuttle Orbiter Projects Office and served as a crew member on three shuttle flights and one long-duration expedition on the International Space Station.