"A new tribute opened Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, at the Apollo/Saturn V Center at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, dedicated to the lives, accomplishments and memories of the three astronauts who perished 50 years ago in a launch pad fire while training for the flight of Apollo 1. The tribute exhibit stands only a few miles from the long-abandoned Launch Complex 34, the launch pad where the fire took place. The pad was dismantled in 1968 after the launch of Apollo 7."
"The fire made NASA personnel more aware and focused on "quality control," said Charlie Duke, another astronaut. [Walt] Cunningham, who was on the backup crew, said it didn't really change him as an astronaut, but "may have given me a little bit more mental commitment to not go along with some of the things on the design, and what-have-you." After the fire, Sieck said, personnel did speak up more. "There was a lot more questioning of, 'well, please explain this to me,'" Sieck said. "'I see what's here, I hear what you're saying, but tell me more. I don't totally understand it.'" It was a lesson NASA would have to learn again after the space shuttle Challenger disaster. And again after the space shuttle Columbia disaster."
Keith's note: Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson will re-introduce Bipartisan Apollo 1 Memorial Act today at 2:00 pm ET toay. Additional co-sponsors are needed. Spread the word.