On January 27th, 1967, three NASA astronauts—Roger Chaffee, Virgil “Gus” Grissom, and Ed White—perished in a fire that erupted in the Apollo 1 command module during a preflight test. Though it was set to be the first crewed Apollo mission, the craft never made it off the launchpad. The tragedy, which took place 50…
In memory of the men and women who lost their lives in the quest for space exploration. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden participates in a wreath laying ceremony as part of NASA's Day of Remembrance, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Arlington National Cemetery.
Back in the days when NASA was in its infancy, its engineers and pilots tried lots of new things to see what worked and what didn't. Take this June 1966 water egress practice at what looks like a country club pool near the Cape Canaveral Space Center, for example.