NASA Just Launched a Stunning Tribute to the Apollo 1 Disaster

On January 27th, 1967, three NASA astronauts—Roger Chaffee, Virgil “Gus” Grissom, and Ed White—perished in a fire that erupted in the Apollo 1 command module during a preflight test. Though it was set to be the first crewed Apollo mission, the craft never made it off the launchpad. The tragedy, which took place 50 years ago today, remains one of the most horrific moments in the history of spaceflight. Read More >>

50 Years On: The Tragedy of Apollo 1 Reshaped the Future of NASA

January 27, 1967 was supposed to mark the first day of human flights for the Apollo programme. Instead, flames exploded inside the capsule during a pre-flight test. The fatal accident changed the nature of America’s space programme. Read More >>

Remembering Apollo 1, NASA’s First Major Disaster

46 years ago yesterday, veteran astronaut Gus Grissom; first American spacewalker Ed White, and rookie Roger Chaffee were killed in a cabin fire during an Apollo 1 launch pad test. The first majorly-fatal accident in NASA's history, the fire was caused in part by the cabin's pure oxygen atmosphere and a number of other dangerous design flaws that were correct over the 20 month delay that followed the incident. Read More >>