NASA and other space organizations grieve the death of Queen Elizabeth II

NASA and others in the space community have joined the chorus in mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The queen, who died today (Sept. 8) at the age of 96, reigned for 70 years, the longest reign of any monarch in British history. She witnessed a lot in those seven decades, as NASA reported.

The queen was photographed with Apollo 11 astronauts Michael Collins, Neil Armstrong, and Buzz Aldrin following their historic 1969 voyage to the moon. NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, the hub of the agency's crewed spaceflight endeavors, also tweeted a homage with two photographs today.

The UK Space Agency changed its Twitter header photo in a tribute to the queen. And the European Space Agency posted condolences today.

Peake paid his respects to the late queen via Twitter today (Sept. 8), too. (Principia is the name given to his mission aboard the International Space Station, which lasted from December 2015 to June 2016.)

Big names in the private space sector also contributed kind words.

And British billionaire Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group of companies that includes Virgin Galactic and Virgin Orbit, published a blog post today titled "The queen redefined leadership."

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