On This Day: Apollo 1 Disaster

On January 27, 1967, NASA Apollo 1 Astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee boarded their spacecraft for a pre-flight test. Shortly after entering the craft, a fire swept through the command module of Apollo 1, killing all three men. View this video collection to learn about this event and hear from the three astronauts as well as one of their family members.

Apollo 1 Disaster

Archival video of news anchor Mike Wallace reporting on the accidental deaths of NASA Apollo 1 astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee during a launch test at Cape Kennedy in FL on January 27, 1967.

Additional Resources

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    On February 1, 2003, after spending approximately two weeks in space, Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart and disintegrated upon its reentry to Earth's atmosphere over Texas, killing all seven astronauts on board. It was the second fatal shuttle incident in NASA's space program. View this collection of videos to learn about this event and hear from astronauts who were involved with this incident.

  • On This Day: Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster

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