Rest in Peace…..
Rest in Peace…..
(18 Oct. 1966) — The Apollo 1 prime crewmembers for the first manned Apollo Mission (204) prepare to enter their spacecraft inside the altitude chamber at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). Entering the hatch is astronaut Virgil I. Grissom, commander; behind him is astronaut Roger B. Chaffee, lunar module pilot; standing at the left with chamber technicians is astronaut Edward H. White II, command module pilot.
(August 1966) — The three crew members for the Apollo-Saturn 204 (AS-204) mission check out the couch installation on the Apollo Command Module (CM) at North American’s Downey facility. Left to right in their pressurized space suits are astronauts Virgil I. Grissom, Roger B. Chaffee and Edward H. White II. Editor’s Note: The three astronauts died in a fire on the launch pad, Jan. 27, 1967.
(1966) — Dr. Robert R. Gilruth (far right) introduces the Apollo 1 crew during a press conference in Houston. From the left are astronauts Roger Chaffee, Edward H. White II and Virgil I. (Gus) Grissom.
(27 Oct. 1966) — The prime crew of the first manned Apollo Space Flight, Apollo/Saturn (AS) mission 204, is suited up aboard the NASA Motor Vessel Retriever (MVR) in preparation for Apollo water egress training in the Gulf of Mexico. Left to right, are astronauts Edward H. White II, senior pilot; Virgil I. Grissom, command pilot; and Roger B. Chaffee, pilot.
Countdown to Christmas: Day 7
“During the Thanksgiving holiday Roger decided to enter the Nassau Bay Garden Club’s annual contest for the most beautifully decorated home at Christmas time. He went at the venture with zest, and the completed display was an original arrangement of lights topped off with Santa and his reindeer on the roof. He had so wired the reindeer with flashing lights that the effect was one of Old Saint Nick being pulled through the air in his sleigh. It was amazingly clever.
On December 15 and 16 the news media was given a detailed briefing on the Apollo program. At that time details of Roger’s planned flight were released, and the outlook was promising for an early 1967 launch.
At Christmas time Roger returned home to Houston to learn that he had won the Nassau Bay Garden Club contest for his unusual Christmas decoration, a fitting reward for his originality and hours of hard work.”
-C. Donald Chrysler and Donald L. Chaffee, On Course to the Stars: The Roger B. Chaffee Story (1968)