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Remembering fallen astronauts from Apollo 1

A half century ago on January 27, three brave astronauts, Gus Grissom, Ed White II and Roger Chaffee, prepared for the Apollo 1 mission – what would have been the first manned Apollo flight. That mission was cut fatally short when a fire consumed the Apollo capsule. Their bravery is not forgotten as it led to additional safety measures that would protect the Apollo astronauts and beyond as the age of space exploration began.

A tribute to these three astronauts including stories of their lives and careers, was dedicated during a ceremony at the Apollo/Saturn V Center at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Read more at: Apollo 1 Crew Honored in New Tribute Exhibit.

NASA will honor members of the NASA family including the Apollo I crew as well as the crews of the Challenger and Columbia space shuttles on the annual Day of Remembrance Tuesday, Jan. 31.