Congressman King traveled to Texas on Tuesday, Feb. 4, to attend the Memorial Service for the crew of the space shuttle Columbia.
King and his Congressional colleagues left Andrews Air Force Base early this morning by chartered plane and were ushered to Houston's Johnson Space Center for the service.
After the ceremony, King remarked, "Our country is deeply rooted in frontierism. From the days of horses and wagons, exploration has not come without tragedy. The seven brave souls who embarked on Columbia's final journey did so with full knowledge of the dangers of space travel. I was humbled to take part in memorializing these American heroes."
King joined President and Mrs. Bush, NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe, and family and friends of the victims at the outdoor service. The ceremony took place at the same site where victims of the Challenger explosion were memorialized 17 years ago.