Friday, January 27, 2012

45 Years Ago

I just saw that today is the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 1 fire, an horrific accident that changed the focus of the US space program.  The death of those three astronauts refocused the program to a more safety-conscious one, in theory saving the lives of countless other astronauts.  But that's only small solace.  Back in 2009, during a tour of Kennedy Space Center, I had the chance to visit the site of that launch pad.  It's still there, preserved for the ages, as a monument to those who died.  If you ever visit Cape Canaveral, take the History tour. I shared these same pictures back then, so I'm not posting anything new, but I thought it appropriate to remember the day somehow.