Astronauts Gus Grissom/ Edward White/ Roger Chaffee in front of the launch pad, 1967. They were to pilot the first manned Apollo mission. Tragically, during launch pad testing, a fire would asphyxiate them. The mission was originally designated the Apollo 204, but was renamed Apollo 1 in their recognition

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Astronauts Gus Grissom/ Edward White/ Roger Chaffee in front of the launch pad, 1967. They were to pilot the first manned Apollo mission. Tragically, during launch pad testing, a fire would asphyxiate them. The mission was originally designated the Apollo 204, but was renamed Apollo 1 in their recognition

Gus Grissom: 2nd American in Space along with his fellows who perished in fire aboard capsule

Conoce la verdadera historia detrás del trágico desastre de la misión Apolo 1 de la NASA

The Fire That Shocked NASA. After the explosion of the command module all three members: (Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom; Edward H. White;  Roger B. Chaffee) on board died. Apollo project faced some challenges earlier.

The Fire That Shocked NASA. After the explosion of the command module all three members: (Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom; Edward H. White; Roger B. Chaffee) on board died. Apollo project faced some challenges earlier.

Astronauts "Gus" Grissom, "Deke" Slayton and John Young ((left to right), get a kick out of Wally Schirra clowning in an old fashioned space suit liner.

Astronauts "Gus" Grissom, "Deke" Slayton and John Young ((left to right), get a kick out of Wally Schirra clowning in an old fashioned space suit liner.

Virgil Ivan Grissom, better known as Gus Grissom, was one of the original NASA Project Mercury astronauts and a United States Air Force pilot. He was the second American to fly in space, and the first member of the NASA Astronaut Corps to fly in space twice. Grissom was killed along with fellow astronauts Ed White and Roger Chaffee during a pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 mission. He was the first of the Mercury Seven to die.

Virgil Ivan Grissom, better known as Gus Grissom, was one of the original NASA Project Mercury astronauts and a United States Air Force pilot. He was the second American to fly in space, and the first member of the NASA Astronaut Corps to fly in space twice. Grissom was killed along with fellow astronauts Ed White and Roger Chaffee during a pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 mission. He was the first of the Mercury Seven to die.

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.

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.

At the head of the table on launch morning, Gus Grissom looks serious ahead of becoming the first man to journey into space twice. Fellow as...

At the head of the table on launch morning, Gus Grissom looks serious ahead of becoming the first man to journey into space twice. Fellow as...

Remembering today Astronauts Gus Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee who perished today 1-27 in 1967 in a fire aboard their space capsule for the Apollo 1 mission during a test flight operation.

Remembering today Astronauts Gus Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee who perished today 1-27 in 1967 in a fire aboard their space capsule for the Apollo 1 mission during a test flight operation.

Gus Grissom jokes for the camera of LIFE-photographer Ralph Morse, as fellow-astronauts Gordon Cooper, Elliot See and Neil Armstrong smile. ...

Gus Grissom jokes for the camera of LIFE-photographer Ralph Morse, as fellow-astronauts Gordon Cooper, Elliot See and Neil Armstrong smile. ...

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