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Astronauts Memorial

November 21, 2014
The Astronaut’s Memorial at Kennedy Space Center uses space industry-based technology to eternally emblazon the manes of America’s fourteen fallen astronauts in intensified sunlight across a monumental reflection of the sky above. This prestigious project of national importance was dedicated in 1998 as the 25th national monument. A large reflective, black granite slab, mounted to a complex steel and mechanical support system, slowly rotates during the day, tracking the path of the sun across the sky. Shaped mirror systems on the back of the steel support structure, focus the sun’s rays into the astronaut’s names, which are cut clear the through the face of the granite and infilled with optical material. The resulting memorial experience is one of seeing the names of the fallen astronauts, “emblazoned” in the field of honor (sky and heavens) for which they gave their lives.

Location / year

Kennedy Space Center, FL / 1989

Project Type



Holt Hinshaw Pfau Jones

Principals in Charge

Paul Holt
Marc Hinshaw
Peter Pfau, FAIA, LEED AP
Wes Jones

Project Managers

Dwight Ashdown
David Ramer

Team Members

Jim Park
Tim Contreras
S. Jane Cee

Photographic Credits

Holt Hishaw Pfau Jones

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