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News Archive / Tagged: Apollo 1

  • NASA remembers its fallen astronauts in annual ceremony

    Mike HowardFebruary 7th, 2019

    Today, NASA paused to reflect and remember those that gave the ultimate sacrifice in pursuit of space exploration in its annual Day of Remembrance ceremony.

  • NASA’s annual ‘Day of Remembrance’ postponed

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 24th, 2019

    Because of the ongoing partial U.S. government shutdown, NASA's annual Day of Remembrance has been delayed, according to Administrator Jim Bridenstine.

  • NASA honors those lost during 2018 Day of Remembrance ceremony

    Sean CostelloJanuary 25th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Once a year, generally on the last Thursday of January, the Astronauts Memorial Foundation welcomes the public to join assembled astronauts, family members and space program workers to remember the U.S. astronauts who lost their lives while serving on active duty. On Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 those lost were remembered and their sacrifice honored.

  • New video remembers crew of Apollo 1 50 years later

    Jason RhianJanuary 28th, 2017

    Retro Space Images (RSI) has produced a new video marking 50 years since the loss of the three crew members who were selected for the Apollo 1 mission. The video premiered on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2017, during the 50th-anniversary ceremony at Kennedy Space Center in Florida and is titled: “Remembering Our Heroes|50 Years".

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: Apollo 1, NASA’s first crewed disaster a half century later

    Lloyd CampbellJanuary 27th, 2017

    In November 1966, NASA would bring the highly successful Gemini program to a close when commander James Lovell and pilot Buzz Aldrin splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. The tenth flight of the Gemini program closed out the program on a high note and paved the way for NASA to move onto the Apollo program which would land men on the surface of the Moon.

  • NASA remembers three space tragedies

    Collin SkocikJanuary 26th, 2017

    Today, Jan. 26, 2017, NASA held its annual Day of Remembrance to honor astronauts lost on three missions, as well as other agency members who lost their lives for space exploration.

  • Book Review: Calculated Risk – The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom

    Jason RhianAugust 6th, 2016

    When we think of the first U.S. astronauts, names like Shepard, Glenn, and Armstrong come to mind. A new book works to add one of the hardest-working space flyers of the early Space Age to that list – Grissom.

  • Space Coast community reflects on fallen astronauts

    Sean CostelloJanuary 30th, 2016

    For the third time this week, residents and visitors to Florida’s Brevard County gathered to pay their respects to the fallen heroes of the U.S. Space Program, astronauts who lost their lives while performing mission-related duties. Beginning with a chorus from the children of the Sculptor Charter School Choir, the service got underway with about 100 residents, visitors, and dignitaries present.

  • Apollo One Crew remembered nearly a half-century after accident

    Sean CostelloJanuary 28th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Jan. 27, 2016 — Family and friends of the Apollo One crew gathered for an evening memorial service and celebration of life, hosted by the 45th Space Wing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

  • Opinion: Ad astra per aspera – Do I have a role in this shared journey to the stars? Do you?

    Sean CostelloJanuary 27th, 2016

    Lieutenant Colonel (USAF) Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Commander of the ill-fated Apollo 1, once wrote, "If we die, we want people to accept it. We're in a risky business, and we hope that if anything happens to us it will not delay the program. The conquest of space is worth the risk of life."

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: Virgil I. ‘Gus’ Grissom – After Shepard, before Glenn

    Jason RhianApril 3rd, 2015

    On April 3, 1926, Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom – one of the original “7” Mercury astronauts – was born. Unlike Alan Shepard, who became the United States’ first astronaut in space, or John Glenn, the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth, Grissom straddled the divide between the former’s suborbital hop and the latter’s three orbits. Grissom’s legacy […]

  • Kennedy Space Center honors fallen astronauts as part of NASA Day of Remembrance

    SpaceFlight InsiderJanuary 28th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. —  Around 200 people gathered at the Astronaut Memorial at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Complex  at 10:30 a.m. (1330 GMT) on Jan. 28, 2015 to pay tribute to the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, as well as other NASA astronauts and ground support crew who lost their lives while […]

  • Family of Apollo 1 crew marks 48th anniversary of pad fire

    SpaceFlight InsiderJanuary 27th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – A somber crowd of approximately eight dozen met at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Launch Complex 34 (LC-34) for the 48th annual celebration of life of the Apollo 1 crew who died at 6:31 p.m. EST (1131 GMT) on Jan. 27, 1967. Betty Grissom, wife of Gus Grissom was joined by her […]

  • On NASA’s Day of Remembrance, Florida’s skies weep

    Mike HowardJanuary 31st, 2014

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — Although the general public might not be aware of it, all of NASA’s three crewed tragedies took place within seven days of one another. On Jan. 27, 1967 the crew of Apollo 1 lost their lives in a fire on the pad, on Jan. 28, 1986, space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds […]

  • Opinion: Dream Chaser malfunction reveals failings of NewSpace supporters, New Media

    Jason RhianNovember 3rd, 2013

    Last week on Saturday, October 26,  the Engineering Test Article (ETA) of Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser spacecraft conducted its first free flight test. Most of the mission was a complete success. However, the final leg of the mission encountered problems, and in so doing openly displayed how the company, its supporters and NASA handled […]