Senator Charles Schumer is urging NASA to work with officials in Herkimer County to establish a permanent memorial honoring Challenger Astronaut Gregory Jarvis

Jarvis, who was raised in Mohawk, was a payload specialist who was killed when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after launch on January 28th, 1986.

Schumer is calling on NASA to work with side-by-side with local planners, lend its expertise and share artifacts to help make the project possible.

The Gregory B Jarvis Middle School in Mohawk bears Jarvis' name.

Last year, students at the school, along with public officials and community leaders signed and unveiled a scroll requesting NASA's hlep in creating a permanent display to honor Jarvis

Astronaut Gregory Jarvis exemplified the best America has to offer and taught us to always reach for the stars. He is worthy of an effort to help continue to preserve his legacy for generations to come and I commend Herkimer County leaders for spearheading this important project,” said Schumer. “Mr. Jarvis was a hero close to the hearts of many in this community, and his instrumental role in advancing the scientific and space exploration efforts of NASA should be permanently enshrined right here in Herkimer County.