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20th Century NASA History: Apollo 1 Tragedy - the Apollo 204 Pad Fire, Complete Review Board Report, Images - Grissom, White, and Chaffee (CD-ROM)

20TH CENTURY NASA HISTORY: APOLLO 1 TRAGEDY - THE APOLLO 204 PAD FIRE, COMPLETE REVIEW BOARD REPORT, IMAGES - GRISSOM, WHITE, AND CHAFFEE (CD-ROM)

by: World Spaceflight News
Format: CD-ROM

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This comprehensive electronic book on CD-ROM presents a collection of technical reports and images of NASA s first major tragedy, the Apollo 1 launch pad fire. This collection includes a complete reproduction of the entire review board report, including all appendices. There are over 150 image files showing the mission preparations and the aftermath of the accident. On January 27, 1967, tragedy struck the Apollo program when a flash fire occurred in command module 012 during a launch pad test of the Apollo/Saturn space vehicle being prepared for the first piloted flight, the AS-204 mission. Three astronauts, Lt. Col. Virgil I. Grissom, a veteran of Mercury and Gemini missions; Lt. Col. Edward H. White, the astronaut who had performed the first United States extravehicular activity during the Gemini program; and Roger B. Chaffee, an astronaut preparing for his first space flight, died in this tragic accident. A seven-member board, under the direction of the NASA Langley Research Center Director, Dr. Floyd L. Thompson, conducted a comprehensive investigation to pinpoint the cause of the fire. The final report, completed in April 1967 was subsequently submitted to the NASA Administrator. The report presented the results of the investigation and made specific recommendations that led to major design and engineering modifications, and revisions to test planning, test discipline, manufacturing processes and procedures, and quality control. With these changes, the overall safety of the command and service module and the lunar module was increased substantially. The AS-204 mission was redesignated Apollo I in honor of the crew. The fire which claimed the lives of Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee stunned the nation and rocked the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The disaster had the potential to bring a permanent halt to American efforts in space exploration. Rather than bury its head in the sand, NASA launched a full-scale investigation of the fire, and

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Product Code: 9781422017371
ISBN: 1422017370
Publisher: Progressive Management
Publication Date: 2008-07-02
Number of Pages: 5552 pages
Languages: english
Edition: No Information
Dimension: 4.88 x 0.39 x 5.51 inches
Shipping Weight: 0.2 pounds