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Apollo 1 (AS-204) Fire Collection

Creator:
Needell, Allan A.  Search this
Names:
Chaffee, Roger B. (Commander)  Search this
Grissom, Virgil I.  Search this
White, Edward Higgins, 1930-1967  Search this
Extent:
one Cubic Feet ((1 box))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Publications
Date:
bulk 1960-2002
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of a cubic feet of copies of material gathered by Allan Needell on the Apollo 1 fire. Material was gathered from magazines, reports, memorandums, letters, and the Congressional Record. There is also a folder of photographs taken on October 26, 1998, of the opening and inspection of the Apollo 204 Capsule container at the NASA Langley Research Center.
Biographical / Historical:
On January 27, 1967, a fire broke out at 18:31 EST, in the cockpit of Apollo Command Module 012 while the "Block I" (Earth orbit capable) spacecraft sat atop an unfueled Saturn 1B rocket on launch pad 34 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The system was undergoing a manned test in preparation for the scheduled Apollo 204 mission (now universally referred to as Apollo 1), the first scheduled manned orbital test of an Apollo Block I spacecraft. The three astronauts aboard, Virgil I. Grissom, Edward H. White, and Roger B. Chaffee, were killed by asphyxiation. In addition to the heartrending loss of life, the tragedy threatened to derail the United States' ambitious program to meet President John F. Kennedy's challenge to land a man on the Moon and return him safely to Earth before the end of the decade.
Provenance:
Allan Needell / Space History, Transfer, 2017
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Manned space flight  Search this
Apollo Project  Search this
Astronautics  Search this
Apollo 1 Mission  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Publications
Citation:
Apollo 1 (AS-204) Fire Collection, Accession 2017-0029 , National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2017.0029
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2017-0029

Gemini: America's historic walk in space. [Text by Alvin B. Webb, Jr., Norman Runnion, and H. D. Quigg]

Author:
United Press International  Search this
Webb, Alvin B  Search this
Subject:
White, Edward Higgins 1930-1967  Search this
McDivitt, James Alton 1929-  Search this
Project Gemini (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) illus. (part col.) maps, ports. 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1965
[1965]
Call number:
TL789.8.U6 G74X
TL789.8.U6G74X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_56056

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