Saturday, January 27, 2007

Heroes of Apollo 1

On January 27, 1967, during a ground test of command module 012 on Pad 34-A, a short-circuit caused a flash fire, trapping and killing its three-man crew in seconds.

Most of us know that ship as Apollo 1.

We know the crew as astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee.

Officially the tragedy is referred to as the "Apollo Pad Fire"; unofficially it is known that though it took the lives of three honorable American heroes, it forever changed the U.S. space program by ushering in a host of design modifications, safety features and a much better understanding of the sacrifices that would be required for humans to conquer the challenges of spaceflight...

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