Just a quick post to acknowledge the 45th anniversary of the tragic deaths of three amazing astronauts.
From left to right: Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee.
The three died on January 27, 1967, when an electrical fire broke out inside the command module during an Apollo 1 launch pad test.
Gus Grissom was one of the original Mercury astronauts. Had he lived, he likely would have been the first man to walk on the moon.
Ed White was the first American to ever “spacewalk.”
Roger Chaffee was an aviator and aeronautical engineer. Apollo 1 would have been his first venture into space.
NASA’s Day Of Remembrance
While today is the anniversary of one tragedy, it’s also a day of remembrance for everyone who has died in the course of space exploration.
It’s odd, but the three biggest disasters in NASA’s history all happened within a few days of each other:
Apollo 1 launch pad test on January 27, 1967.
Space Shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986.
Space Shuttle Columbia on February 1, 2003.
The astronauts, however, did not die in vain. They’ve not only inspired people around the world; they’ve been at the forefront of expanding our knowledge of the universe. We can only hope that their sacrifice will not be forgotten, and that the strides they’ve helped humanity make into space will not be squandered.