Sen. Jake Garn, R-Utah, received a national award for service to space exploration on Saturday night. The award was presented by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation at Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Garn and the other member of Congress who flew on a space shuttle, retiring Rep. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., received the awards for helping to set up the foundation, said Debbie Laing, the foundation's communications coordinator.Other awards went to Education Commissioner Betty Castor, space artist Bob McCall, SKF USA Inc. and the Institute of Simulation and Training at the University of Central Florida.
The foundation was formed to build a memorial to the 14 U.S. astronauts who have died in the line of service - the seven killed in the space shuttle Challenger explosion; the three killed in the fire aboard Apollo One on the launch pad; and four killed in crashes during jet training missions during the 1960s.
The foundation is also seeking to build a Center for Space Education as "the living arm" of the memorial, also at Kennedy Space Center.