Remembering the Apollo 1 Fire (Infographic)
by Karl Tate
, SPACE.com Infographics Artist | January 26, 2012 05:44pm ET
NASA's first space disaster occurred on Jan. 27, 1967, when a fire broke out inside the cockpit of the Apollo 1
spacecraft while it was still on the launch pad undergoing a supposedly routine test. The fire killed veteran astronauts Gus Grissom
and Ed White, as well as first-time flyer Roger Chaffee, marking NASA's first fatal space tragedy
. The Apollo 1 fire prompted an investigation that led to new safety checks for the Apollo capsules that eventually carried astronauts to the moon and back in the 1960s and 1970s.