On January 27, 1967, a fire swept through the command module during a preflight test of Apollo 204 , killing astronauts Virgil Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee. In the spring of 1967, NASA announced that the mission originally scheduled for Grissom, White and Chaffee would be known as Apollo 1.
This happened a few years before I was born, so I have no personal memories to share. However, as the Apollo missions are dear to my heart as a reader and writer of Science Fiction, and in particular stories about the moon, I wanted this to be the first post in the EMOH project.
Fifty-one years ago today, we remember Gus, Ed, Roger and the contributions they made to the space program and America’s first baby steps to leave the planet and explore our solar system and beyond.
Ad astra per aspera.
What memories do you have of this event? How did you and the people in your life feel upon learning about it?