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Friday December 16th, 2016

Launch Pad Lecture: Some Gave All - The Apollo 1 Incident

Launch Pad Lecture January 6

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, December 15, 2016) - On January 27, 1967, tragedy struck the American space program when Apollo astronauts Gus Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee perished during a preflight test for Apollo 204, later named Apollo 1 in honor of the crew. Was it avoidable? How did it happen? How was the space program affected? Join Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll for the Launch Pad Lecture on Friday, January 6, as he examines the accident that took the lives of three astronauts.

IMAGE: The crew of Apollo 204 inside the command module where they later perished. From left to right, Roger Chaffee, Ed White and Gus Grissom. (Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian.)

The crew of Apollo 204 inside the command module where they later perished. From left to right, Roger Chaffee, Ed White and Gus Grissom. (Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian.)

The Launch Pad Lecture is free to the public and is held at 9 a.m. on the Museum's first floor. Coffee and donuts are compliments of the International Space Hall of Fame. The next Launch Pad Lecture will be on February 3, 2017 and the topic will be Around the World Times Three: The Flight of Friendship 7 with Museum Education Specialist Michael Shinabery.

The Launch Pad Lectures are streamed live on Periscope and are available on the museum’s YouTube channel.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589 or visit the website at www.nmspacemuseum.org. Like us at: www.facebook.com/NMSpaceMuseum/