Remembering Apollo 1 Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech January 27, 2012 marks the 45th anniversary of the tragic fire that killed the 3 crew members of Apollo 1. Apollo 1's crew, consisting of Roger B. Chaffee, Edward H. White II, and Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom (L to R) shown here during astronaut training. The crew died when a fire broke out in their capsule during a “plugs-out” test. The mission, originally known as AS-204, was redesignated Apollo I in honor of the crew.