NASA to pay tribute to its fallen astronauts

The crew of Apollo 1, which caught fire on Jan. 27, 1967, killing astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee.

(Credit: NASA)

NASA said today that it is planning to celebrate a day of remembrance for its fallen astronauts on Friday.

In a release, the space agency said that it will commemorate astronauts who died in the ill-fated Apollo 1, and Space Shuttle Challenger and Columbia missions.

NASA said that the day of remembrance will honor “members of the NASA family who lost their lives while furthering the cause of exploration and discovery.”

The crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger, which exploded just after liftoff on Jan. 28, 1986.

(Credit: NASA)

On Jan. 27, 1967, a fire erupted in the Apollo 1 capsule as astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee were still on the launch pad. All three were killed. “The investigation into the fatal accident,” according to NASA, “led to major design and engineering changes, making the Apollo spacecraft safer for the coming journeys to the moon.”

On Jan. 28, 1986, a mere 73 seconds after liftoff, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded when a booster engi… [Read more]

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