What astronauts do

L to R veteran astronaut Gus Grissom, first American spacewalker Ed White and rookie Roger Chaffee
L to R veteran astronaut Gus Grissom, first American spacewalker Ed White and rookie Roger Chaffee

I came across this image on the NASA archives – these are the three crew members who died when a fire broke out in the Apollo 1 capsule. From left to right they were veteran astronaut Gus Grissom, first American spacewalker Ed White and rookie Roger Chaffee.


The accident occurred 46 years ago this week, on 27 January 1967.

NASA notes that the investigation into the accident led to major design and engineering changes that made the Apollo safer for the pioneering journeys to the moon that followed.

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