Today is the anniversary of the Apollo 1 (or Apollo/Saturn 204) fire. We need to remember the sacrifices of Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee. While it shouldn’t have ever happened, this fire was a horrible wake-up call at the time for NASA and North American Aviation, prime contractor for the Command Module. It’s hard to believe today with our paralyzing fear of failure that at one time we were in a headlong rush into space. In this case it resulted in a Block I spacecraft that had a myriad of problems. It shouldn’t have required a loss of life, but the Block II spacecraft that ultimately went to the moon was a far better (and safer) machine.
Apollo 1, in memoriam.1/27/67.