In Today’s Deep Space Extra… This week marks the anniversary of three NASA tragedies, the January 27, 1967 Apollo 1 fire that claimed three lives, the January 28, 1986 shuttle Challenger loss in which seven fliers perished and the February 1, 2003 loss of the shuttle Columbia with the loss of seven crew members. A record partial U.S. government shutdown that furloughed an estimated 800,000 workers or called upon them to work without pay at federal agencies, including NASA and NOAA has ended. But concerns remain Washington may not settle differences over immigration policies by a February 15 deadline.
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‘Isn’t that enough?’ Remembering Grissom, White and Chaffee, fallen crew of Apollo 1
AmericaSpace.com (1/27): Sunday marked the anniversary of another space tragedy, the January 27, 1967 launch pad fire in which Apollo 1 NASA astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee perished while preparing for the first orbital test flight of the Apollo spacecraft from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with crew. Grissom was the second American in space, White the first American to conduct a spacewalk. Chaffee, a promising young astronaut, was preparing for his first trip to space.
Son of space shuttle Challenger commander remembers tragedy ...