Monday, January 28, 2013

The Apollo 1 Astronauts

Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee, 1967. They were the Apollo 1 crew who died in a fire on the launchpad while making a pre-launch test. This was NASA's Image of the Day the other day, and it just really struck me. White was the first American to walk in space. Grissom was one of the Mercury Seven. Chaffee was new to the program. Three great, brave people. Their tragic death led to changes in the design and engineering. Back then we didn't just give up.

I've been thinking about this today because of the news that Iran came up with a cover for testing a missile launched a monkey into space. How much farther would we be if we hadn't pretty much stopped and decided going to the moon was enough and why bother going anymore at all?

It's also the anniversary of the Challenger disaster in 1986. Tragedies used to not derail us. We kept going forward in their spirit. When will we do it again?

1 comment:

Roger Owen Green said...

I remember it well. A guy named Roger died, the first time I knew of someone dying - and they hadn't even left the launchpad.