|Mission Number: AS-204||27 January 1967|
Virgil I. (Gus) Grissom
Edward H. White, II
Original Backup Crew:
James A. McDivitt
David R. Scott
Russell L. Schweickart
Final Backup Crew:
Walter M. Schirra, Jr.
Donn F. Eisele
R. Walter Cunningham
Tragedy struck on launch pad 34 during a preflight rehearsal for Apollo 204, which was to have been the first manned Apollo mission, and would have been launched 21 February 1967 by a Saturn 1B. All three astronauts lost their lives when fire swept through the Command Module.
Because of the fire, extensive reworking of the Command Module design delayed a manned Apollo launch for over a year and a half.
The Apollo 1 designation was given to the mission only after the fire. The AS-204 designation was later re-assigned to an unmanned test flight.
The Apollo 1 capsule is located at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA. It is not on display.
A memorial page.
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