Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Grissom • White • Chaﬀee
Date of Incident: January 27, 1967 • Intended Launch Date: February 21, 1967
—“Fire in the Cockpit!” —
On January 27, 1967, the first scheduled Apollo flight, Apollo/Saturn 204, was undergoing routine launch pad tests. Soon after the crew was sealed inside the command module, a deadly fire exploded inside the cabin. Despite frantic attempts to rescue them, the astronauts succumbed in a matter of seconds. Following the tragedy, the Apollo program was shut down for almost two years. Although efforts to find the cause of the disaster didn't pinpoint the exact source of the fire, investigators uncovered numerous design flaws. The command module was redesigned, incorporating a variety of improvements that greatly improved safety for the missions to follow - including the elimination of the highly explosive pure oxygen atmosphere in the spacecraft. In honor of the crew, the mission was officially renamed Apollo 1. Its mission patch was placed on the Moon by the crew of Apollo 11 during the first lunar landing.
Location. 34° 42.674′ N, 86° 39.342′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker can be reached from Tranquility Base half a mile west of Old Madison Parkway NW, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Located at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville AL 35805, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Schirra • Eisele • Cunningham / Borman • Lovell • Anders (here, next to this marker); McDivitt • Scott • Schweickart / Stafford • Young • Cernan (here, next to this marker); Armstrong • Collins • Aldrin (a few steps from this marker); Conrad • Gordon • Bean (a few steps from this marker); Lovell • Swigert • Haise (a few steps from this marker); Shepard • Roosa • Mitchell (a few steps from this marker); Scott • Worden • Irwin (a few steps from this marker); Saturn V (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Huntsville.
Categories. • Air & Space • Disasters •
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