Monday, January 28, 2013

Remembering The Apollo 1 Crew

On Jan. 27, 1967, veteran Mercury astronaut Gus Grissom, first American spacewalker Ed White and rookie Roger Chaffee (left-to-right) 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. The investigation into the fatal accident led to major design and engineering changes, making the Apollo spacecraft safer for the coming journeys to the moon.

I came across this picture on Tumblr the other day but didn't know exactly what do do with it until I saw Aaron's post over at Electronic Cerebrectomy. I am a student of the Space Age and this image in particularly poignant to me.

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