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50 years Apollo – 1 Disaster. Memory of Gus. Ed and Roger. You gave her live for the astronautics – research. Unforgotten for all time – Ad Astra per Aspera . . .
It was a very nice memorial ceremony today at NASA. Charlie Duke’s invocation and Michael Collins’s keynote were both very befitting of the occasion. The personal touches General Collins added really helped to envisage the individual men, and makes one better appreciate the high cost that was paid to learn the lessons from Apollo 1. Although it never flew in space, this mission and crew made vital contributions to the ultimate success of the Apollo program.
I’m here, overlooking SLC-34 right now, and it’s difficult to remember the wonderful achievements and challenges successfully overcome, when at the site of such a sad tragedy. I often visit this place, and think back to my youth when I followed every mission, built every model, and let my imagination soar while following the race to the Moon. These are the places, the dreams of the men and women that set the pace of our nation. Those heady days of thunderous achievements sadly have waned in recent years, but I look forward very much to once again being the unchallenged leader in space exploration.
Ad aspera ad astra.
We do these things because they are hard.
How can I witness the Apollo 1 50 Anniversary?
Remembering Apollo 1:
Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffer.
Per Aspera Ad Astra
Is the Apollo 1 50th open to the public ?
What is the plan? Location?
Please let me know if anything is open to the public to celebrate at NASA-Glenn