AMERICA’S ASTRONAUTS They Reached For The Stars

Published: February 10 – March 3 1986  Author: Daytona Today 

Two astronauts floating in space, facing each other.

Daytona Today Original Article – They reached for the stars, And though a tragic accident kept them from getting there in a way they wished, all of the seven astronauts who lost their lives in the explosion January 28 have attained “star” status by having a star in the constellation Aquila record in their names.  International Star Registry, a company that names stars for people , has donated seven stars to Daytona Today and the City of Daytona Beach to present to the families of the seven astronauts. 

Suzanne Sumler of Graffiti Advertising Agency came up with the idea and contacted Daytona Today’s Advertising Director Jim Ottman, who called International Star Registry. Upon learning the intent to name the stars after the astronauts, the company president said she would prepare special packages for the families of each astronaut and record a star in each of the names in a cluster in the Constellation Aquila.  “It just seems so appropriate” Sumler said. “Here are the astronauts reaching for the stars and now their names will be assigned to seven stars grouped together in the constellation which translates into the ‘Eagle.’ I can’t think of anything more fitting.” Sumler said. 

Presented in memorium to the seven astronauts by Daytona Today newspaper and the Daytona Beach Advertising Federation. 


NASA Receives “Star” Memorials 

Dear Editor, 

Thank you for sending the star charts from Daytona Today. They are being forwarded to the astronaut office at the Johnson Space Center in Houston for proper disposition. Ms Sumler’s (Grafiti Advertising) and Mr. Ottman’s (Daytona Today) is a very fitting memorial and I know the 51-L crew will appreciate this special tribute from International Star Registry of Illinois. 

With sincere thanks, 
Charles T. Hollinshead 
Director, Public Affairs 



The seven member so the shuttle team that lost their lives in NASA’s most tragic accident have reached for the stars. A star in the constellation Aguila (The Eagle) has been named for each astronaut. International Star Registry, and Illinois based firm that will identify, plot and name a star in an individual’s name, conated the seven stars, along with a plaque and chart showing how to identify the star. 

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