Cape Canaveral in Brevard County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Launch Complex 34
Friday, 27 January 1967
—1831 Hours —
Dedicated to the living memory of the crew of the Apollo 1:
U.S.A.F. Lt. Colonel Edward H. White, II
U.S.N. Lt. Commander Roger B. Chaffee
They gave their lives in service to their country in the ongoing exploration of humankind’s final frontier. Remember them not for how they died but for those ideals for which they lived.
Location. 28° 31.307′ N, 80° 33.664′ W. Marker is in Cape Canaveral, Florida, in Brevard County. Touch for map. The marker is mounted on the Apollo I Launch Pedestal remains at historic Launch Complex 34, Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Marker is in this post office area: Cape Canaveral FL 32920, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Complex 14 (approx. 2.2 miles away); Cape Canaveral Lighthouse (approx. 4.4 miles away); a different marker also named Cape Canaveral Lighthouse (approx. 4.4 miles away); Launch Complex 39 Launch Record (approx. 6.2 miles away); SATAN Tracking Antenna (approx. 7.3 miles away); Saturn V Port Canaveral Historic Milestones (approx. 8˝ miles away); a different marker also named Port Canaveral Historic Milestones (approx. 8˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cape Canaveral.
More about this marker. The Apollo I Launch Pedestal and Launch Complex 34 have been preserved as a permanent memorial for the three astronauts who perished in the January 27, 1967 fire.
Also see . . .
1. Disaster on Pad 34.
Tragedy struck on the launch pad during a preflight test for Apollo 204, scheduled to be the first Apollo manned mission. It would have been launched on February 21, 1967, but Astronauts Virgil Grissom, Edward White, and Roger Chaffee lost their lives when a fire swept through the Command Module. (Submitted on April 8, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Complex 34.
On January 27, 1967, a simulated flight was to be performed with the Apollo 204 vehicle, which should have later been launched as Apollo 1. This test, known as an "Overall Test Plugs Out", simulated an actual flight as closely as possible. A countdown would be conducted, all communication and instrumentation systems would be activated, and the umbilical that connected the space vehicle to the launch pad would (Submitted on April 8, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Complex 34 launch pedestal.
The most prominent feature of the remains of Complex 34 is the launch pedestal. Made of concrete and steel, it stands 27 feet tall, and is 42 feet long on each side. As seen in the picture above, the top of the pedestal is open to the sky. On the left leg are stenciled the words "ABANDON IN PLACE." On the right leg (and in another location on the structure) are two plaques in memorial to the crew of Apollo 1. Through the legs of the structure, you can see two blast deflectors. (Submitted on April 8, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
4. Launch Complex 34.
The first launch site to be built for the express purpose of
Although all that remains of her primary features are the launch pad, launch pedestal, blockhouse, a few small walls, and the huge flame deflectors, the spirit of Apollo is alive and vibrant and is located at Launch Complex 34. (Submitted on April 8, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 8, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 295 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on April 8, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.