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Jan. 27, 1967: 3 Astronauts Died in Launchpad Fire

January 27, 2018

I deeply respect the efforts of the United States space program and know the supreme sacrifice that some made for our steps forward must never be forgotten.

Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee were killed on the launch pad when a flash fire engulfed their command module during testing for the first Apollo-Saturn mission. They were the first U.S. astronauts to die in a spacecraft.

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  1. Solly permalink
    January 28, 2018 11:17 AM

    I remember sitting in the living room watching our probably 15 inch b/w tv with the family. The program interrupted and the Special Bulletin slide coming on the screen for an agonizingly long time before the announcer appeared and gave any details. It was always bad news. The Apollo fire, MLK Jr and RFK being shot…..

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