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MOHAWK, N.Y. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer is pursuing a memorial in New York to honor an astronaut who died in the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion.

Gregory Jarvis was raised in the Herkimer (HUR’-kih-mur) County town of Mohawk. He lost his life in 1986 when the shuttle exploded shortly after launch.

Schumer is asking NASA to work with county officials to establish a permanent memorial honoring the payload specialist.

Jarvis graduated from Mohawk High School in 1962 and later served in the U. S. Air Force.