I always think of this period of time, January 27 through February 1, as NASA’s “Remembrance Week”. Rather than consolidate events to one day, as NASA has done (reasonably so, I don’t fault them for it), I prefer to acknowledge each accident separately.
Godspeed, Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee.
Today we remember the Apollo 1 crew astronauts.
On Jan. 27, 1967, veteran astronaut Gus Grissom, first American spacewalker Ed White and rookie Roger Chaffee (left-to-right) were preparing for what was to be the first manned Apollo flight.
The astronauts were sitting atop the launch pad for a pre-launch test when a fire broke out in their Apollo capsule. The investigation into the fatal accident led to major design and engineering changes, making the Apollo spacecraft safer for the coming journeys to the moon.
— Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex