5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, February 1

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, February 1.

(1) NASA Day of Remembrance

NASA will pay tribute to the crews of Apollo 1, space shuttles Challenger and Columbia as well as other fallen astronauts during the agency's Day of Remembrance observance on Friday.

Today's ceremony occurs on the 10th anniversary of the disintegration of Columbia over Texas. The accident killed six American astronauts and the first Israeli astronaut to go into space.

It was determined the shuttle's wing was fatally damaged by falling foam during liftoff.

Among the people speaking at today's observance will be Evelyn Husband Thompson, widow space shuttle Columbia commander Col. Rick Husband; astronaut Eileen Collins; and Kennedy Space Center director Robert Cabana.

The ceremonies will take place beginning at 10 a.m. at the Space Mirror Memorial at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

You can watch the Day of Remembrance observance on NASA TV or streamed live on NASA's website at www.nasa.gov/ntv.

(2) FedEx Express plane donation

FedEx Express will donate a Boeing 727-200F plane to the Sun 'n Fun campus on Friday.

The aircraft is scheduled to land at 11:00 a.m. at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. It will then taxi to the Sun 'n Fun campus where it will be used as an interactive aviation classroom for all Polk County students.

The plane will be the 62nd Boeing 727 aircraft FedEx has donated to organizations for educational purposes since 2000.

Educators are invited to schedule field trips to visit the FedEx plane by calling Sun 'n Fun at (863) 644-2431.

For more information about Sun 'n Fun, visit the organization's website at www.sun-n-fun.org.

(3) McKinley Outpatient Facility groundbreaking ceremony

Moffitt Cancer Center is holding a groundbreaking ceremony for its new McKinley Outpatient Facility on Friday.

The ceremony will commemorate the Phase 1 expansion of the cancer center's McKinley campus. The project is expected to create more than 600 construction jobs and hundreds of permanent jobs.

The $74.2 million, eight-story Outpatient Facility will include clinics, an ambulatory surgery center, infusion and imaging facilities, research labs, and space for blood draws.

The McKinley campus is located less than a mile from the cancer center's main campus.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, U.S. Representative Kathy Castor, Moffit founder H. Lee Moffitt and State Surgeon General Dr. John Armstrong are scheduled to attend today's 10:00 a.m. groundbreaking ceremony.

For more information about Moffitt Cancer Center, visit Moffitt.org.

(4) Winnipeg Jets vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning look to extend their winning streak when they host the Winnipeg Jets at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Friday night.

The Bolts, who come into the game with a 5-1 record, have won their last four games.

Tampa Bay has scored at least four goals in all five victories. The Lightning lead the Southeast Division with 10 points, three more than second place Winnipeg.

Coach Guy Boucher's squad is just one of four NHL teams with an unblemished home record on the season.

The opening faceoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (813) 301-2500 or visit lightning.nhl.com.

(5) Robin Williams in concert

Academy Award-winning actor Robin Williams brings his unique brand of standup comedy to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Friday night.

Williams is well known for his monologues where he points out life's absurdities. On his most recent stand-up tour, he has performed before 300,000 people in 65 cities.

The 61-year-old Chicago native first made a splash as the alien Mork on the hit ABC-TV series Mork & Mindy in 1978. He has appeared in many classic movies including Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, The Fisher King, Mrs. Doubtfire and The Birdcage.

Williams won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1998 playing a psychologist in Good Will Hunting.

A limited amount of tickets were released for sale earlier this week. You can check for current availability by calling the Ruth Eckerd Hall box office at (727) 791-7400. Prices begin at $59. No tickets are available online.

For more information about tonight's show you can also visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.

To learn more about Robin Williams, visit his official website at www.robinwilliams.com.

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