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Alan Shepard, the Apollo 1 Disaster, and the Race to the Moon

On January 27, 1967, a fire broke out during a launch simulation of the Apollo 1 aircraft, killing the men inside and changing NASA forever.


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Moon Shot

By Alan Shepard

apollo 1 disaster crew portrait
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  • On August 19, 1966, the Apollo crew expressed their concerns about the safety of Apollo 1 by presenting this satirical crew portrait to Apollo Spacecraft Program Office manager Joseph Shea.

    Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Apollo 1 disaster Moonshot crew portrait
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  • Left to right: White, Grissom, and Chaffee in their crew portrait.

    Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Apollo 1 disaster Moonshot Men In Space
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  • From left to right, Mercury astronauts Gus Grissom, John Glenn, and Alan Shepard.

    Photo Credit: 1950sUnlimited/Flickr (CC)
Apollo 1 disaster Moonshot plaque
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  • Plaque honoring the Apollo 1 crew at Launch Complex 34.

    Photo Credit: Christopher K. Davis/Wikimedia Commons

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