NASA is opening an exhibit honoring the astronauts in the Apollo 1 fire - 50 years to the day they died.
"The redesigned hatch [on display], various mementos depicting the lives of the crew, and displays show how the tragedy was overcome and helped us achieve the goal of landing on the moon", Michael Curie, news chief at the Kennedy Space Center, told Gizmodo.
After six months of planning and construction, NASA has finally opened a moving tribute to the Apollo 1 crew at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
"We can't forget our fallen heroes - and they are heroes", said Lightfoot. Astronauts Virgil Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee were all killed. This will take place at the Arlington National Cemetery.
NASA was able to meet the end-of-decade deadline set by President John F. Kennedy, to land a man on the moon and return him home safely.
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Three astronauts were trapped inside the spaceship which was scheduled for a routine pre-launch test when it caught fire.
The three-part hatch that was in place on the Apollo 1 spacecraft is shown in a tribute to the crew of Apollo 1 who perished in a fire at the launch pad on January 27, 1967 during training for the mission.
The families saw the capsule for the first time during a private tour yesterday, the Astronauts Memorial Foundation is holding their annual observance ceremony today, and the hatch will officially be on display to the public Friday, January 27. White was the first American to perform a spacewalk. "Apollo 1 tragically cost three lives, but I think it saved more than three lives later".
It was then 17 years later, on February 1, 2003, when the STS-107 mission crew - Rick Husband, William McCool, David Brown, Kalpana Chawla, Michael Anderson, Laurel Clark, and Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon - were killed aboard the space shuttle Columbia as it reentered Earth's atmosphere after a 16-day mission dedicated to science.
Chaffee was about to have his flight in space and was looking forward to it.