Apollo 1 Tribute:

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  1. paddoboy Valued Senior Member

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    http://www.universetoday.com/133046...-fallen-crew-50-years-after-apollo-1-tragedy/

    NASA TRIBUTE EXHIBIT HONORS FALLEN APOLLO 1 CREW 50 YEARS AFTER TRAGEDY

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER VISITOR COMPLEX, FL – NASA unveiled a new tribute exhibit honoring three fallen astronaut heroes 50 years to the day of the Apollo 1 tragedy on January 27, 1967 when the three man crew perished in a flash fire on the launch pad during a capsule test that was not considered to be dangerous.

    The Apollo 1 prime crew comprising NASA astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White II and Roger Chaffee were killed during routine practice countdown testing when a fire suddenly erupted inside the cockpit as they were strapped to their seats in their Apollo command module capsule, on a Friday evening at 6:31 p.m. on January 27, 1967.

    “It’s been 50 years since the crew of Apollo 1 perished in a fire at the launch pad, but the lives, accomplishments and heroism of the three astronauts are celebrated in a dynamic, new tribute that is part museum, part memorial and part family scrapbook,” says a NASA narrative that aptly describes the exhibit and the memorial ceremony I attended at the Apollo/Saturn V Center at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 on behalf of Universe Today.

    It was the first disaster with a human crew and the worst day in NASA’s storied history to that point.


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    Apollo 1 astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White II and Roger Chaffee stand near Cape Kennedy’s Launch Complex 34 during mission training in January 1967. On Jan. 27, 1967, the three astronauts were preparing for what was to be the first manned Apollo flight. The astronauts were sitting atop the launch pad for a pre-launch test when a fire broke out in their Apollo capsule and they perished. Credit: NASA

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  3. paddoboy Valued Senior Member

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    These Pioneers of "The Right Stuff" along with those from the USSR that perished in those early days of out venture into the unknown, and those that perished since in accidents such as Challenger and Columbia disasters, are always worth remembering as undertaking the hard yards for the rest of us.
     
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  5. Oystein Registered Senior Member

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    True heroes, those three.
     
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