As of December 2021 there are 27 NASA astronauts interred at Arlington National Cemetery. Learn more about these astronauts who served our country in the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Space Shuttle, and International Space Station programs.
The photo at the top of this page was taken on January 31, 2017, NASA’s annual Day of Remembrance. Wreaths were placed at the graves of Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee (shown in the photo) and the Columbia and Challenger crew memorials.
Video tours of some of these grave sites are posted on my YouTube channel.
The information in this section comes from a variety of sources, including NASA’s web site, www.nasa.gov, and personal walks through the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery and research conducted over more than 20 years. More content will be added soon.
Arlington National Cemetery Explorer enables families, visitors and the public to locate gravesites. Desktop and mobile versions are available.
Space Shuttle Challenger and Columbia Memorials
There are memorials at the cemetery to the crews of the final missions of Challenger and Columbia. Both are located just west of the Memorial Amphitheater near the mast of the U.S.S. Maine. Photo credit NASA.
Apollo 1 Monument
The Apollo 1 monument was dedicated on June 2, 2022, commemorating the crew of the first Apollo mission, Command Module Pilot Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Senior Pilot Edward H. White II and Pilot Roger B. Chaffee, who died on January 27, 1967 in a fire during a pre-launch test of the Apollo spacecraft. The monument is located in Section 3, near the gravesites of Grissom and Chaffee. White is buried at West Point Cemetery in New York.
- Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial
- Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial
- Apollo 1 Monument
- NASA Dedicates Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial
- Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial Approved for Arlington
- H.R. 2810 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 – includes approval for an Apollo 1 memorial marker