On January 27, 1967, tragedy struck NASA on the launch pad during a preflight test for Apollo 204 (AS-204). Three men died, and an entire space program nearly did as well. Planned as the first Apollo manned mission, Apollo 204 (AS-204) was scheduled to launch on February 21, 1967. It never happened.
It was January 27, 1967 and the crew of Apollo/Saturn 204 (more commonly known as Apollo 1 mission) were training for the first crewed Apollo flight, an Earth orbiting mission scheduled to be launched on 21 February. During this training, tragedy struck. Learn more about the tragic event.
The Apollo 1 spacecraft was the entire structure atop the launch vehicle. The Apollo 1 spacecraft was 82 feet tall and had five distinct parts: the command module, the service module, the lunar module, the launch escape system, and the spacecraft-lunar module adapter. The three modules made up the basic Apollo 1 spacecraft.
Feel for yourself the tragedy of that day when fire killed three heroes of the space age; Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, (the second American astronaut to fly into space) astronaut Edward H. White II, (the first American astronaut to "walk" in space) and astronaut Roger B. Chaffee, (a "rookie" astronaut on his first space mission). Discover pictures from before and after the tragedy.