The dancing lights of the Aurora Borealis is shown over the Pacific northwest taken from the International Space Station by astronaut Scott Kelly in this handout provided by NASA, January 20, 2016. REUTERS/Scott Kelly/ESA/NASA/Handout via Reuters
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The U.S. space agency marks the 30th anniversary Thursday of the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger with a pledge to remember lost astronauts as it presses on toward Mars.Wreath-laying ceremonies were planned for Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida as NASA commemorated the seven lives lost on Jan. 28, 1986, as well as other deadly space disasters over the years.Shortly after taking office, Obama cancelled a NASA program to return to the moon, saying he preferred to funnel resources into deep space exploration and aimed to have a human mission to Mars under way by the 2030s.Ceremonies were also planned for NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, and NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.
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