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Christmas in Space: Day 2

Future astronaut and ice skating extraordinaire Roger Chaffee on his family’s homemade skating rink in Grand Rapids, Michigan, sometime in the 1940s. 

From the 1968 biography of Roger, On Course to the Stars:

“The whole family worked hard scraping away the snow, packing it down firmly, building a rim around the area and then spraying it with the garden hose. Many times Don [Roger’s father] could be found re-spraying the pond at midnight so the children might find a smooth surface waiting for them the next day.

Roger learned to skate on this backyard pond. After a considerable number of bumps and tumbles, he became a master of the blades and was allowed to go to the city parks on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.”