|Space Mirror Memorial|
|The Astronauts Memorial Foundation's Space Mirror Memorial is a
unique blend of art and science and a fitting tribute to the
astronauts being honored. Dedicated in 1991 by Vice President Dan
Quayle, the Space Mirror was designated a national memorial by
Congress and President George Bush.
It's design was the result of a national architectural competition which drew entries from more than 750 architects. Only the Vietnam Veterans Memorial attracted more design concepts.
The Space Mirror is 42.5 feet high and 50 feet wide and is constructed of mirror-finished granite. It consists of 90 granite panels. There are eighty (80) 5-foot x 5-foot and ten (10) half sized panels. Each full panel is two inches thick and weighs 500 pounds.
The sun's rays are projected through the names of the astronauts, which are engraved through the granite. The letter spaces are filled with crystal clear acrylic, minutely jagged on the front side to diffuse the light. Powerful lights illuminate the astronauts' names 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
On February 7, 2000, The Astronauts Memorial Foundation unveiled a new 6-foot by 6-foot granite wall that showcases the photos and biographies of the 17 U.S. astronauts depicted on the giant Space Mirror Memorial. In 2003, the names of all seven Columbia astronauts were added to a second biographic wall.
"The granite biographic walls serve as the perfect complement to the Space Mirror memorial," said Stephen Feldman, Ph.D., president of the AMF. "Looking at the granite walls, people will get a better sense of these remarkable individuals. This addition lets the visitors put a face on these heroes and learn about their exemplary contributions to our society," he added.