- NASA Watch
- February 2, 2023
NASA Unveils Tribute to Crew of Apollo 1
“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.”
‘We have a fire in the cockpit!’ The Apollo 1 disaster 50 years later, Washington Post
“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.
Additional Cosponsors Sought For Apollo 1 Arlington Memorial Legislation, earlier post