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Saturday, January 27th 2007

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To Grissom, White, & Chaffee

On this day – January 27th – in 1967, during a systems test run, the cabin of the capsule which was eventually supposed to carry Virgil Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee into space as Apollo 1, burst into flames.

All three perished.

Their sacrifice, although a terrible price, made space flight safer for all to follow. Indeed, some argue the redesigned and insulated wiring, which followed the fire, was key to allowing the astronauts on the famous Apollo 13 mission to shut down the command module (to save power) and then to safely turn it back on in order to reenter the earth’s atmosphere.

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