NASA Astronaut Will Attend Unveiling Of Gregory Jarvis Memorial
Senator Charles Schumer says NASA Astronaut Stanley Love will be attending the unveiling of a memorial to honor Astronaut Gregory Jarvis in Herkimer County on May 3rd.
Jarvis, who was raised in Mohawk and graduated from Mohawk High School, was a payload specialist who lost his life on January 28, 1986, when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after launch.
Schumer says NASA will be sending equipment and memorabilia to Herkimer County, including a Shuttle Era Flight Suit with Jarvis' name tag, appropriate mission patches, a 1:100 Scale Shuttle Model and a Shuttle Era Helmet.
"Astronaut Gregory Jarvis exemplified the very best America has to offer and taught us to always reach for the stars; he is more than worthy of this memorial to help continue preserving his legacy for generations to come. I thank NASA for its generosity in sending artifacts from Mr. Jarvis's career and Astronaut Stanley G. Love to the memorial's unveiling to help inspire students of all ages to become part of the next generation of great American scientists," said Schumer. "Gregory Jarvis was a hero close to the hearts of many in this community, and I can think of no better place to recognize the role he played in advancing the scientific and space exploration efforts of NASA than right here in his home of Herkimer County.
Love is a veteran of the Space Shuttle, who traveled to the International Space Station and conducted two spacewalks.