Today Marks 50th Anniversary of Fatal Apollo 1 Disaster

schwit1 writes: reports: “Fifty years ago Friday, the first — but sadly not the last — fatal spaceflight accident struck NASA when a fire claimed the lives of Virgil ‘Gus’ Grissom, Roger Chaffee, and Ed White during a training exercise at Launch Complex 34. The accident, a major setback for the struggling Apollo program, ushered in the first understanding of the ‘bad day’ effects of schedule pressure for spaceflight and brought with it words and reminders that still echo today.” The article provides a very detailed and accurate look at the history and causes of the accident, as well as its consequences, which even today influence American space engineering. Are there any Slashdotters who were old enough to remember the incident? If so, we’d love to hear your take on the disaster. Where were you when the news broke and how did it affect you and the country at that time…?

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